“I never thought I’d live to see this [flagrant bigotry] in Lynnwood” — woman in local business
“Look at those girls. They’re just kids. They don’t know what they’re doing to people. This is just a right – this should be a right.” — another woman in local business
“I was just driving by, I felt I should do something. I went home and made a sign.” — pro-equality demonstrator
Saturday “our friends in the Russian/Slavic community” led an anti-domestic partnership “reject R-71/SB 5688 Side Walk Rally” in Lynnwood, just north of Seattle. A crowd of about 150-200 showed up. Like the anti-equality lobby day in Olympia this past March, this crowd was heavily populated by high school-age kids and young adults. Most of the younger folk I spoke with said they were not old enough to vote.
I was told that this event represented the combined efforts of 5 Russian/Slavic churches. Only a few among the participants seemed not to be part of that community, and those people didn’t seem to have much if any interaction with the others.
I hope that those in the Russian/Slavic community who stand for fairness and equality for all will not let this “reject” group be the sole public face of their community.