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Back to the Future

Today in Los Angeles, over 5,000 anti-prop 8 protesters marched and clashed with police and pro-prop 8 people. Several people were arrested. A similar protest march is scheduled tomorrow evening in San Francisco. A sign of things to come?







San Francisco

Post Prop 8

My alarm clock radio come on at 7:00am this morning with the DJ recapping Prop 8. I shut it off and called in saying I would be late. I showed up 3 hours late and was in a depressed mood all day. I felt like staying in bed all day.
church and state

Election Day

I had planned on being at the No on 8 campaign all day, but work pre-empted that this morning. I was able to finally get to the No on 8 headquarters at 3pm. I got sent out to Civic Center BART with a bunch of signs, stickers and handouts at around 4pm.

What can I say, as soon as I set up shop at the Civic Center BART here in San Francisco, the homeless people got upset at me since I was encroaching on their territory. They avoided me for the most part but started yelling homophobic remarks at the top of their lungs in my direction. I would say that most of the people walking by were either ignoring their remarks or encouraging them with "Yeah, it's Adam and Eve" and "Don't take my kids to gay weddings". Mind you, this is San Francisco we're talking about right near City Hall.

After about an hour of being there the homeless got brave and one of em tries to snatch my bag of campaign materials. I tackled the guy and got it back from him. He starts getting in my face and I threaten him with arrest. A woman walking by, who happened to be a lesbian, got behind me and backed me up and the homeless guy backed down. It turns out that she's a poll inspector and also an attorney.

Being there by myself, I decided to walk up a block closer to City Hall and set up shop there instead. The rest of the night was mixed with a combination of people flipping me off and people thanking me for being there. A city worker attempted to get into a verbal fight with me about it being "man and woman" but I refused to participate. She started hanging around me and yelling at people homophobic remarks. After a while she got bored and left because I refused to engage her.

A Chronicle photographer came by and snapped a bunch of pictures of me with City Hall in the background. I don't know if it will show up in the paper or not. A group of "No on 4" folks set up across the street from me and we supported each other for a while, but then they gave up and left.

I moved over to Van Ness Ave (a major thoroughfare) at around 6:30pm and stood on a corner there for a while. Got a mix of "YES on 8" and "Protect Marriage" yelled at me with a smattering of honks in support. A "No on 8" SMART car drove around a few times and the "Cindy Sheehan" van would blare out "No on 8" whenever they saw me and honked crazily at me every time they passed by.

At 7:40pm, I gave up and went back to my car. The polls in California close at 8pm, so I figured if they hadn't figured out they needed to vote by then, they weren't gonna be able to vote. It was freezing outside and my arms were getting tired from holding up signs.
church and state

Bill Clinton RoboCalls

In the final hours of campaigning, No on 8 is using Bill Clinton in a robocall across the state and there's a new No on 8 ad that's being asked to be distributed on the web.

President Bill Clinton Asks California Voters To Vote NO on Proposition 8
Tells Voters Prop 8: "Not What America is About"

SACRAMENTO – In a telephone call to California voters, President Clinton delivers the following message regarding the unfairness of Proposition 8:

"This is Bill Clinton calling to ask you to vote NO on Proposition 8 on Tuesday, November 4th. Proposition 8 would use state law to single out one group of Californians to be treated differently -- discriminating against members of our family, our friends and our co-workers.

"If I know one thing about California, I know that is not what you're about. That is not what America is about. Please vote NO on 8. It's unfair and it's wrong. Thank you."