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Cheers, jeers for protesters

Posted: October 20, 2008 8:53 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Left to right: Tai Farnsworth and Chynna Dolye stand at the corner of McBean and Valencia Boulevard in opposition to Proposition 8 on Monday afternoon. The two were joined by eight other protesters, and were both cheered and scolded by motorists at the busy intersection.

Horns honked, fists pumped and people cheered and jeered at the corner of Valencia Boulevard and McBean Parkway on Monday.

Six young adults stood on what one described as the busiest corner in Valencia to protest against Proposition 8.

If passed in November, the proposition would define marriage as between a man and a woman, striking down an earlier court decision that extended marital rights to gay and lesbian couples.

"It's discrimination against a different set of people," said Tai Farnsworth, one of the protest's organizers.
Farnsworth and her colleagues waved at drivers who honked their horns in support.

And they offered nice words to those who didn't.

"We say ‘have a nice day' and give them the peace sign," she said of those who jeered instead of cheered on their way.

Some other groups opposing Proposition 8 aren't so nice, and Farnsworth admits it.

"There are people who go about it differently and we don't support that," she said.

Farnsworth is from Valencia and enlisted the help of her fiance, Ted Barrrow.

"There's not enough room in this world for hate," he said. The couple's future nuptials inspired them to fight for others' right to be married, he said.

"I don't think straight married people are going to lose sleep if gay people get married," he said.

Not everyone agrees.

"It's a sin in the Bible," Rebecca McKraken said at the corner protest over Proposition 8.
McKraken and Farnsworth had a friendly exchange of talking points on both sides of the debate.

"What about separation of church and state?" Farsnworth asked McKraken.

"The Bill of Rights keeps the government out of church, and not the church out of the government. The people who founded this country were deeply religious people," McKraken said.

Farnsworth questioned where in the Bible it states that homosexuality is a sin.

McKraken continued to press that homosexuality is a sin.

"It's not that God is hateful and wants to curse people with AIDS," she said. "It's just that you live by the sword and you die by the sword."

McKraken and Farnsworth ended their argument without disrespecting each other.

"Jesus loves you," McKraken told Farnsworth as she walked away.

Not all those opposed to the "no on Proposition 8" protest were as nice as McKraken.

Some men waiting to turn right from Valencia Boulevard onto McBean Parkway hurled profanity and derogatory comments at the protesters.

Protester Sherief Sakher used a megaphone to drown out the hate speech.

"A vote against 8 is a vote against hate," he blasted through the megaphone.


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