One gay couple faces the post-Prop. 8 future
When David Resendez, 45, and his husband, Jaime Pineda, 42, went to bed in their Rancho Dominguez home Tuesday night and saw the 3% difference between the Yes vote and the No on Prop. 8, they knew it was over.
"We are disappointed, but we kind of expected the outcome," Resendez said.
He and Pineda married June 17 at the Registrar-Recorder's Office in Norwalk after being a couple for 18 years. During the ceremony, they wore matching black outfits and rainbow scarves Pineda had knitted for them. Resendez, a train operator, reminisced about when they first met. "I was a bus operator and he was a passenger," Resendez said. "He got on my bus, and never got off of it. He's been with me ever since."
Resendez attributed the passing of Prop. 8 to the Yes side's expensive media campaign and commercials.
"The 'No on 8' commercials were weak in my opinion, they didn't really hit a punch," he said.
"We are right now in limbo," Resendez said. "I know of other couples that were wed prior to the election, what's going to happen, I don't know. I'm pretty sure it's going to be hashed out in the court system. The proposition didn't say this is going to be retroactive. Unfortunately, we're just gonna have to wait and see, it's going to be that type of game right now. Just wait and see."
"I'm a taxpayer, and organizations out there, if they want to ban marriage between same-sex couples, they have a blessing on that," Resendez said. "But if City Hall can perform a marriage and I'm paying taxes to run City Hall, then I should be able to get a marriage. My tax dollars support all government programs...Unfortunately, the Yes on 8 campaign made this--this isn't a religious issue. I can understand if they don't want to perform gay marriage, that's their religion. But, on the civil side, this is City Hall performing the marriages. We do pay our taxes and everything. We're not equal. We're not even close to being equal. My tax dollars are the same as my neighbors' tax dollars, and yet, they can be married at City Hall and I can't. That's my issue with the Constitution."
Photo: Resendez and Pineda wed in a June 17, 2008 ceremony at the Los Angeles Registrar-recorder/County Clerk's office in Norwalk. Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times.