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A message from No on 8

Submitted by on 1, November 4, 2008 – 9:28 amNo Comment

We were cruising down Central Avenue this morning, toward the East End, when we saw a whole mess of people standing along the side of the road with No on 8 signs, just shy of Park Street. When we headed back along Encinal, we saw more. From our coffeeless fog we discerned that these folks must be outside polling places … so we dashed home for our camera and notebook.

Helen Laird (pictured) was one of the folks standing outside 11 polling places in Alameda with the No on 8 signs. She said they’re there to clarify any confusion about the ballot measure, which would eliminate same-sex couples’ right to marry in California.
“People expecting to vote for equal rights would want to vote yes,” Laird, a former elementary school principal, said, adding that this is the feedback the campaign got was that people intended to do just that, believing they were casting a vote for same-sex marriage.
Laird’s got a personal stake in this: Her son just got married to his same-sex partner (that’s a button for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, on her lapel).
We’ll have more to come on Prop 8 as the results come in.

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