Charles LiMandri: get your facts right
In the Sunday U-T “Dialog” section, under the headline “Consequences of gay marriage already here,” San Diego attorney Charles LiMandri wrote this:
Just over a week ago, Californians were treated to a dramatic photo of perplexed youngsters delivered to San Francisco’s City Hall on a school field trip to see their first-grade teacher married to her lesbian partner. The faces of the children, with their trip slips hanging around their necks, created an image for the ages – and proof for parents that gay political advocates haven’t just set their sights on marriage, but on our schools as well.
Oh, really, Chuck? Cause I’m looking at the photos from that field trip and the kids are thrilled. The photo you’re referring to shows two of the kids with their hands dug into bags of rose petals, waiting for the couple to emerge from City Hall. The looks on their faces are of anticipation, not confusion. Nice of you—and the Yes on 8 clan that sent out a press release slamming the event—to take what was otherwise a special moment for the first graders and use it for your own agenda. From the San Francisco Chronicle:
The 18 Creative Arts Charter School students took a Muni bus and walked a block at noon to toss rose petals and blow bubbles on their just-married teacher Erin Carder and her wife Kerri McCoy, giggling and squealing as they mobbed their teacher with hugs.
Parents gave permission for their kids to be there; only two of the class of 20 didn’t attend. Maybe you Yes-on-8’ers should take a lesson from this kid. Anyone who’s planning to marry should take a lesson:
Marriage, 6-year-old Nolan Alexander said Friday, is “people falling in love.” It means, he added, “You stay with someone the rest of your life.”