Friday, September 26, 2008

Journeys Through Proposition 8 Land

I have been doing a lot of interviews and speeches in support of Prop 8. I am going to be letting me readers know about some of my adventures in this blog. I want to start with something that happened just today.
This afternoon, I saw an African American man in the parking lot of a Rubio’s restaurant where I was going for lunch. (For those of you who don't know Rubio's: it is a San Diego chain that specializes in fish tacos. Yum!) The man was wearing an Obama t-shirt. I approached him and asked him, “sir, are you planning to vote for Obama? “ He hesitated and said yes, probably. I said, “may I ask you, to please, please consider voting yes on Proposition 8?” He didn’t know what it was. I knew from all the polling that blacks support natural marriage and Prop 8 at higher rates than any other ethnic group. I told him it was the proposition that says marriage is only the union of a man and a woman, and would he please consider voting yes on Prop 8. He said, “I don’t even need to consider it. there is only one way to vote on that.” I thanked him and smiled and went on my way.
African Americans don’t expect social conservatives to be nice to them, even though they are natural allies on many issues. The presidential race is not in play in CA: Obama will win in California, no matter what the Republican Party does. Social conservatives and traditionalists might as well take the opportunity to talk to and work with as many African Americans as possible on the marriage issue, which obviously concerns us all.

1 comment:

Paula said...

This is an issue that easily crosses traditional party lines--because it is about something much more fundamental than party rhetoric!