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A Gay Father’s Bittersweet Valentine to Meg Whitman Over New Marriage Equality Stance

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Prop 8A 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.