Prop 8 protest at City Hall Saturday
Hey folks: We’ve received word that some local folks have organized to protest the passage of the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, to be held on the steps of City Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this Saturday. The protest is one of many planned for city halls across the nation – that’s right, nation – on Saturday.
Andrew Raskopf, a local real estate agent who is one of the local protest’s organizers, said he had planned to attend a similar rally in Oakland or San Francisco. But he realized that this is a civil rights movement that is best carried out at home.
“This is the kind of movement that requires intimacy more than anything,” Raskopf said. He said conversations about the right of same-sex couples to marry – and the fact that their families, really, are no different than yours, are a part of yours – need to happen in everyone’s own families and communities.
Raskopf and his partner, David Gunderman, have done just that over their time in Alameda, He said that when he moved to the Island eight years ago, he was told not to “come out” because Alameda is a conservative community that wouldn’t accept him and his family (the couple have two children). Instead, Raskopf wrote about his family in the Alameda Journal. Raskopf and Gunderman have since become top-selling real-estate agents in town, he said.
Still, Raskopf said he hadn’t planned on getting involved in this fight. But the passage of Proposition 8 – which eliminates same-sex couples’ just-granted right to marry in California – changed that.
“Our family is under attack. I have to do this for my kids. I’m not stopping until the feds are on board,” he said, adding that gay couples lack a lot of basic federal rights heterosexual couples get.