A gay father is thankful that Meg Whitman, the HP CEO and onetime gubernatorial candidate, has done an about-face on marriage equality. But he wonders what took her so long. From LGBTQ Nation:
Therefore, as I express praise for you today, I need to let you know the effects of the Yes on 8 campaign and its victory you promised to defend. It was a threat. The months leading up to the 2008 election were horrific for me and my family. I put out signs by our drive in our rural neighborhood so that my neighbors would know that their vote actually affected a family nearby. The reaction was an anonymous vandal who daily secretly stomped down the signs or threw them in the bushes. Daily, I restored them. Signs also appeared outside my sons’ kindergarten with the words “Protect Marriage”, and a surreal Stepford Wives eeriness. They were clear that our family was not welcome.
I remember those same feelings. We live in a conservatve Northern California town, and a neighbor down the street had a Prop 8 sign on their lawn. I can’t tell you how disheartening it was to drive by that corner and see that sign every day. We put up our own signs – four of them at various places around town – against Prop 8. Within a week, all four were gone, and they were replaced by literally a thousand pro Prop 8 signs. it still makes me sick.
Read the whole letter here.