Meanwhile, on Prop. 8…

…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.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • matt

    Wow, Kris Hoffman sounds like a completely open minded individual.

  • ellen m

    How hard to believe that our CA Constitution can be amended through the efforts of people residing outside our state. All that money that out of state Mormans and Catholics spent to alter the California Constitution.Money that was spent to prevent the preservation of a law we Californians had voted in to place. How sad!

  • Melissa

    It really angered me to see the large number of people gathered at busy intersections cheering for Yes on Prop 8. I asked myself why this had such an impact on me. After some thought, I realized that these people were cheering for taking away the right for gay people to marry. Essentially, they were finding joy in taking away happiness from others. I know that may appear simple, but it is true. Giving gay couples the right to marry does not directly impact a heterosexual couple’s marriage, nor families. And if you do your research, civil unions are not the same as marriage. Civil unions as the only choice for gay couples if gay marriage is banned is resurrecting “separate but equal”, and that is a very sad thing.

  • Jason

    Take that you little societal bomb throwers. We won’t take you shovin’ your gaything in our faces.

    I love watchin’ the continual dwindling numbers of the daily rags like the CCTimes. I used to deliver it as a boy. I couldn’t even GIVE it away. Freebies on the driveway were stacked at the curb with the trash when I delivered on a garbage pick-up day.

    Keep up the good work – and unbiased reporting. Is Josh your “man on the street, er, in the gaybar”? Did you at least get a backrub out of it Josh?

  • Josh Richman

    Jason… I report the news in the East Bay. If you don’t like it, read elsewhere. I don’t care.