Prop 8 supporter attacked while distributing signs

Gay marriage debate becomes violent

Gay marriage debate becomes violent

A Modesto man was attacked while passing out Yes On Prop 8 signs last Sunday.

Jose Nunez, 37, who became a U.S. citizen two months ago, was outside St. Stanislaus Catholic Church when an unidentified man grab about 75 of the signs and ran. Nunez took chase, and when he caught up the man punched him the face.

Proposition 8 supporters, who are fighting to overturn gay marriage in California by changing language in the state Constitution, describe this incident as part of “a wave of intimidation and violence up and down the state.”

According to Chip White, Californians from around the state have reported being harassed by people who are against Prop. 8. Among the incidents he related were: verbal harassment of Prop.8 supporters on the freeway, including obscene gestures; the theft of yard signs; and a woman in Riverside, California who had her garage sprayed with graffiti. [Catholic News Agency]

The Bay Area Reporter, a gay community targeted news source, says the Prop 8 debate has become “ugly on both sides”:

In Fair Oaks, a suburb of Sacramento, sheriff’s deputies were called to a home Saturday after it was reported that a neighborhood teenager burned No on 8 yard signs. The teenager was taken into custody for a 72-hour psychological evaluation. While the youth was in custody, a third sign was stolen from the same home.

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9 responses to “Prop 8 supporter attacked while distributing signs

  1. While I haven’t had anyone punch me in the face, I have been the target of name-calling and obscene gestures because I support Proposition 8. If this is the way gay marriage advocates express their views, I’m very unimpressed.

  2. This is ALSO the way the “Yes on 8” advocates behave. We had a peaceful rally last weekend for “No on 8” and had several bottles thrown at us, obscene gestures and foul language abusing us all day long. So please, open your eyes and see that YOUR side is angry and INTOLERANT to basic human rights!

  3. There is nothing equal about two men or two women trying to label themselves as “married”. This was a god given right that needs to be protected. I am all for allowing the person that you “love” to recieve benefits if you have entered into a committment. I don’t have anything against homosexuals. The principal that is being protected is that “Marriage” is defined by god in the Bible as the union between man and woman. You cannot change that and that is what everyone for prop 8 is fighting for. All this drama about equality has nothing to do with protecting the sanctity of the meaning of the word. Some people just don’t get it through their thick skull and because they can’t grasp the idea try to make up for it by calling it descrimination against human rights.

  4. Doug,
    Where in the bible does it say that marriage is exclusive to a union between man and woman?
    Nowhere.
    But it does suggest that homosexuality is a sin.
    So, if you’re going to cite the bible, make sure you take the whole thing… even the parts about killing your children, having multiple wives.
    And you also forgot seperation of church and state, but who cares about that, right?

  5. common sense tells you what is true and right

  6. No one is being denied their rights with Prop 8. We all have the same rights. Anyone can marry any member of the opposite sex if they so choose to do so. We all have this right. Now, people want to link this to women’s and black’s suffrage, when really it is not. No matter what any black man did before, he could not vote. This was wrong and was corrected, but a gay man or woman can get married if they want to. They just have to marry a member of the opposite sex just like everyone else.

  7. Doug,

    Quote : “This was a god given right that needs to be protected.”

    Response:

    You’re wrong, Doug. Marriage is a right granted by our government. If the “church of the invisible man in the sky” wants to disallow marriage within it’s own constructs, that’s totally fine imho. But shouldn’t people be able to marry whom ever they want through a civic marriage? Atheists get married without the church. How exactly does even involve/affect you, btw?

  8. the bible says nothing about homosexuality. there are 7 or so passages that make mention of same sex physical relationship. all seven mentions are specific to devations usually rape, pedophillia or ritual sex.

    and while the bible does make reference to a “traditional marriage” it also make reference to 6 additional types of non-traditional marriage.

    furthemore if as a Christian you believe that Christ fulfilled god’s covenant with man, then your options to justify your bigotry is drastically reduced. in fact Christ didn’t say much on marriage or sex at all – there were two maybe three passages all of them relating to adultry.

    it was the works of second and third hand accounts like paul that you people use.

    furthemore “traditional marriage” is a completely fabricated concept -in ancient Greece and Rome same sex relationships were common it wasn’t until Constantine in the 4th century that the first legislation regarding marriage came about.

    later on marriage had far more to do with solidifying diplomatic ties, incrasing land, settling debts and disputes.

    and to be honest who cares about tradition. traditionally in this country women couldn’t vote, men could legally own other men, women were and are still denied complete equality with men.

    besides there’s a boatload of things in the bible we don’t legislate against. this is simple bigotry and ignorance. while nothing deserves a violent response you certainly deserve contempt

  9. Paula,

    I would probably want to punch you in the face if I met you. People who try to impose their religious beliefs on others deserve a lot worse. Christians are responsible for the most heinous crimes against humanity. Remember the near genocide of Native Americans who refused to convert? Remember the Salem witch burnings? How about the Spanish Inquisition?

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