I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I have a few close personal relatives who are voting for Proposition 8 and against marriage equality in California.
I’ve left them reading materials, discussed the parallels with the history of marriage in this country, and tried to make them understand that it’s not about teaching kids, or religious freedom, or traditional values, to no avail. Until tonight.
Tonight my family members got robocalled with a message (in Spanish – bad targeting) from Monsignor Jaime Soto telling them to vote for Proposition 8. American-born and -schooled, they were first offended that he would assume that they spoke Spanish. And since they left the Catholic Church over 50 years ago, they were very angry that a church leader would call them to give voting advice.
So I publicly thank Monsignor Soto for doing what I could not. He got these elderly Latino voters to switch their votes, though certainly not in the way he intended. I’m forwarding the voice mail to other undecided voters who might also find it offensive.