Monday, September 1, 2008

Proposition 8 Walk

On Saturday August 23, 2008 Michael and I had the opportunity to participate in a walk to collect information regarding Prop. 8. If you are not from California you still have probably heard that the California Supreme Court overturned the people's majority vote from Prop 22 a few years ago and have begun allowing gay marriage. Prop. 8 will be on the ballot in November and it redefines marriage in the California State Constitution to read, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." One of the major benefits of Prop. 8 passing is that the public schools would not be forced to teach that same-sex marriage is the same as traditional marriage. Proposition 8 does not take away any rights or benefits from gay or lesbian domestic partners. They just wouldn't be called "married."

Michael and I were assigned to walk a precinct and contact registered voters. We asked them if they had heard of Prop. 8, if they had to vote today how would they vote and if they were voting "yes" if they would want a sign for "Yes of Prop 8" for their yard. We contacted 96 registered voters, 47 households and were only called idiots once :). It really was a great experience!

A shot of some of the group returning from their assigned precincts. 

At one point during our walk Michael and I were a little worried because a man in a big white truck had been following us for a few blocks. It turned out to be our Stake President, he was looking for an address and had spotted us but didn't want to stop us until we came to the end of the street.

Me with Jeff and Sherry Vail. He is the first counselor in our Bishopric and Sherry is our Young Women's President. They are so fun to be around :). We all ended up going to lunch after the walk at this yummy Mexican restaurant in Riverbank.

1 comment:

Chuck and Alli said...

Hey thats my parents. I know... they are awsome. We are going to miss you and Mike coming over on Sundays for Fried Chicken. :(