I had some interesting experiences walking for Proposition 8 yesterday. Two of these incidents were almost identical, so I wanted to share them with you. I came upon a lady who was raking her yard. I started talking to her and told her I was with the "Yes on Proposition 8 campaign". I asked if she knew what it was. She saiad, "Oh, I'm not going to vote.". I said, "You aren't going to vote on Prop. 8?". She said, "I don't even want to get in to that.". I offered her some information and pointed out the website, "Protectmarriage.com". Suddenly she thanked me for walking for this cause. I thanked her for her time and started to walk away when I realized I had forgotten to ask her if she knew her spouse's view on this. I asked, "How do you think your husband would vote on this?". She said, "Oh yes, he is definitely for it! We support it!". I think sometimes people are afraid to learn, but once they open their mind, the fear leaves and they feel more comfortable.
I went to another house that wasn't on my registered voter list, but I felt I should stop anyway, and at least leave some information. A man answered the door and I explained what I was doing, and what Prop. 8 is about, and asked if he had thought about how he would vote on the issue. He said, "I don't know, I really haven't studied it, I'm pretty undecided.". We talked for a minute, and I said, "Well one good thing about if this proposition passes is that it will send a message to the judges that the vote of the people does count. He followed me outside because he was going to his garage. I started to leave when once again I remembered to ask how he thought his spouse would vote. He said, "Oh, she would definitely support this! We are behind this all the way!". He then agreed to put a yard sign in his yard.
What I learned from this experience is that grass roots movements really do work, and that sometimes people who are undecided just need to talk it out to help them make up their mind. I was really nervous about going because I was afraid of opposition that I would get, but most people were very nice and polite. I really feel that going out and talking to people is the best way to get this passed.
One negative experience. I hate to end on a bad note, but maybe you will at least get a chuckle. A young man (about 18) came to the door and I explained what I was doing. After we talked for a minute he said, "Wait, so you are supporting only marriage between a man and a woman?". I said yes. He said, "I wouldn't be able to support that and neither would my parents." I said, "Okay, thanks for your time." and walked away. But as I walked away I heard his mother ranting, "Why don't we just cancel marriage all together? Marriage between men and women, dogs and cats...." Oh yea..that's smart....