Prop. 8 may have divided neighbors


UPDATE (10/20/08): As you can see, I finally managed to post this photo on the blog, which I had trouble doing last week.

In case you didn’t see it, there was a story in today’s paper about neighbors in Union City who had lived peacefully alongside each other for two decades until now. One family suspects their neighbor got upset when they hung a sign supporting Prop. 8 on a hedge bordering the properties.

The story has generated some buzz already. Unfortunately, the photos online are not the same as the main photo that ran in the print edition. It’s the photo in print that really tells the story. For some reason, I can’t upload that photo to this blog. I’ll consult with our photographers on Monday about putting the photo online (if I remember).

Linh Tat


  1. Sigh, Political Signs…

    I must say, it’s a surprise to see so many McCain/Palin signs in Niles, and there are a few. It’s almost as odd as seeing a pink triangle at a Bartlett rally.

    I made a allusion a few days back to an ratty-haired lefty on 3rd street toward the school who hung a sign over her porch that read “Bush Lied, Thousands Died”. The sign is down, but the tension is still thick on 3rd as her across-the-street neighbor has hung a sign that reads “McCain/Palin -True American Heroes”.

    There are no signs displayed on my Niles street that aren’t neon and beer related. And that is the way it should be.

  2. Naturally, this is a result of the politics of division.

    Same-sex marriage is a perfect example of a wedge issue– we’re talking about eliminating other people’s civil rights instead of discussing how our politicians in Sacramento can’t pass a decent budget without cutting money for our schools (already ranked 48th in the nation) and increasing tuition for our universities.

  3. Actually, Diamond, it wasn’t the people opposed to Prop 8 who introduced this issue into the political arena.

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