Election leaves gay couple feeling isolated in conservative bastion
Frustrated by the passage of Proposition 8, the measure banning same-sex marriage, Lorian Dunlop walked outside her Murrieta home and nailed a sign to her tree.
"Shall We Vote on Your Marriage Now???" it asked.
It was a rare act of defiance for Dunlop and her spouse, Darcie, who have spent the last four years living a quintessential suburban life in a quiet neighborhood where they felt safe and secure.
But the battle over same-sex marriage changed all that. They attended local rallies against Proposition 8 where people in passing cars hurled insults and anti-gay slurs. At home, their political signs were repeatedly vandalized or stolen.
They look at their community differently now. An edginess has crept in.
"I feel like we are in a hostile environment," Dunlop said, sitting in her living room. "More hostile than it was before."
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