…people here at Oakland’s White Horse Inn — one of the Bay Area’s oldest gay bars — are happy that Obama seems headed for victory, but deeply apprehensive about what’ll happen when California’s polls close and the votes are tallied for and against Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
Faye Bruno, 49, of Oakland, said she’s at least glad it’s a tight race “because I was afraid that with all the money coming in from other sources, like the Mormon Church, that people were getting a skewed view of what it’s all about.”
“Changing the constitution is not something you want to do lightly,” she said, noting she recently moved here from Colorado, where voters passed a similar amendment in 2006. “I expect that from Colorado, I don’t expect that from California.”
Bruno said she’s an Alabama native… and gay… and a woman… and black. She said she’s no stranger to discrimination. “I’ve had those battles, but to see this happen in California, it’s shocking,” she said, adding that if Prop. 8 passes, “to me it says we haven’t come far enough in our thinking, in our valuing of human beings.”
UPDATE @ 7:47 P.M.: Kris Hoffman, 41, of Albany, said she didn’t feel the Prop. 8 battle really hitting close to home until the past few weeks. She was driving one day and noticed a “Yes on 8” sticker in the car in front of her.
“And I felt, ugh, I didn’t like those people. It was a strong feeling, and I was surprised,” she said. “Someone wanted to stand in the way of me having an equal right to what they already have.”
“I really just wanted to them to go out in the middle of the intersection without any protection and then say to them, ‘That’s what you’re doing to us,’ ” she said. “It enrages me that this is even on the ballot… For people in my community to come out against my being equal, it’s ridiculous, it’s beyond ridiculous.”
She’s a third-generation East Bay native who hails from a politically conservative family. “I called to ask my mother… I don’t really know how she voted, but I doubt she voted in favor of my equal rights,” Hoffman said sadly.