I asked myself that again, yesterday, as I walked past Civic Center. You see, yesterday was the first day that California began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. I had forgotten all about it, but as I approached, a truck drove by with signs on all three sides blaring out such odious messages as “Make Sodomy Illegal Again” and the sort. The signs and photos on this truck were well-made and at some personal expense. For some reason, this was important to him.
There was a large crowd in front of Civic Center – some there to cheer on the couples as they exited, but most there to protest the decision to allow them to wed.
Part of me couldn’t believe this was going on. Right here. In San Francisco.
Fortunately, it was pretty cold yesterday (summer in SF don’t you know), which I believe, helped to keep the enthusiasm of the haters down to an ignorant murmur. Before I left, a black guy in the mass of unfortunates yelled at another: “How can you do that; black men are supposed to be strong?”
There were so many levels of wrong in that statement that it really boggled the mind. I hurried on to my bus stop before I said anything, or worse, got mistaken for one of the pinheads in the crowd.