Yesterday, in that short amount of time (and basically in the still of the night) a coward came through our neighborhood with a blatant attempt to sabotage my personal No on Prop 8 campaign. You see, we are the only house in a neighborhood of mostly hetero couples who was brave enough to put a No on Prop 8 yard sign in our front yard. We are able to do this because we have earned the respect of many people in our community, and have been able to help them understand that we are average, everyday people just like them. There are many in the neighborhood who keep an eye out for us, and show us support whenever we need it. This is why I was shocked when my wife told me that on our own block someone had put up a YES on 8 yard sign!! I wondered who it was…
I found out that this sign was not put up in front of someones house.
It was on a patch of grass towards the corner of the block between two houses so that you couldn’t tell which house it belonged too. Problem is, we know both families in said houses and we know that they are against Prop 8. Since the sign was placed by a coward who had to come in the middle of the night to do some sketchy sign placement, we took the sign down and I proceeded to rip it up and toss it in the trash. (But not before I took pics!) The Yes on Prop 8 sign carried a discriminatory slogan “Marriage is between a man and a woman”; which was in sharp contrast to the slogan on the No on Prop 8 sign which says “Equality for all”. The Yes on 8 yard sign was blatant in naming the person endorsing them – Lydia Guiterrez for Senate. Her name was splashed across the top and the fine print on the bottom corner said “Paid for by Lydia Guiterrez”.
So I wanted to know – were these signs everywhere, or was this a calculated response to MY yard sign??
We drove all around the neighborhood and there was not one more sign to be found anywhere. Cowards. And now the ‘Yes on 8′ TV ads have started to run, and they are saying everyone is going to be forced to accept gay marriage, that it will be taught in schools, and that churches will have to close because they will lose their status. These ads are so ignorant and misleading – but you know what? At least they are standing up to speak up for what they believe in! Do you know what Lydia Guiterrez has to say about Prop 8? Absolutely NOTHING. I went to her website to see what misleading and derogatory information she was spreading on her site and the funny thing is that she doesn’t include ‘Yes on 8′ as part of her platform. So she puts her money into a campaign that she cant even claim on her site.
She says she is for education, health care, a green port which is funny to me because so are my wife and I.
She comes from a Longshore Family out of ILWU Local 13. SAME AS US. You know what their motto is? “An injury to one is an injury to all.” Well Lydia Gutierrez, I’m not feeling the solidarity from you on this one! Her website slogan is “fighting for quality of life” and that’s what gay marriage is all about. We are really not that different, she and I. She has pictures on her website in front of the Korean Bell in San Pedro… that’s where we take the kids to fly kites. She takes part in connecting with those who are working for the advancement of Latinos and women like herself, and I myself am a woman and a Latina. She’s an elementary school teacher who cares about education and so do I. As a matter of fact, my wife and I just spoke at a school board meeting in front of the District Heads and media last week, to defend our children’s teachers.
Yet, even though we are the same in certain ways, in other ways we are fundamentally different.
She says on her site that she is committed to the welfare of others and then turns around and pays for a campaign that would eliminate a fundamental right from a large group of people. Doesn’t she realize that if Prop 8 passes, it opens the door for others rights to be taken away from other groups of people like women and Latinos, children and laborers, disabled and the elderly? If we allow one form of discrimination we are also inviting others.
She talks about dignity and respect, and that is all we are asking for!
Prop 8 would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. Prop 8 would re-write our California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California—denying gays and lesbians the respect, dignity and responsibility that come with marriage. – No on Prop 8
Taking into consideration the cowardly sign placement, and lack of a Yes on 8 platform existence on her site, I wonder if Lydia Gutierrez even read the proposition.
I did, and it specifically focuses on eliminating rights from one group, effectively taking us back 50 years to a ‘separate but equal’ society.
Regardless of how you feel about marriage — for straight or gay and lesbian couples — it’s wrong to single out one group of Americans and prevent them from having access to the same rights and responsibilities as their fellow citizens. – No on Prop 8
So Lydia, when you are teaching the children at school, helping the orphans in Colombia, or reaching out to teens and the elderly, do you not help the ones you know are gay?
Do you tell one child they are great and the other they don’t deserve praise? Do you give one senior help to the bed and another you leave to fend for themselves? Do you give food to one orphan and not another?
Your answer should be NO just like you should vote NO on Prop 8.
And if your answer to any of those questions is a yes, a better question for you might then be “how the hell do you sleep at night with karma like that?”
Julie Phineas is a work at home mom of 2 who lives in Southern California. You can find out more about her online by visiting her website at www.juliephineas.com.