Police in Washington state are investigating an assault on two
women, one of whom was working on a campaign to defeat a homosexual
The incident took place at a Safeway supermarket in the Seattle
suburb of Burien, according to Chip White of Preserve Marriage Washington.
"Sixty-one-year-old grandmother Arlene Mark was assaulted while
sitting in her Subaru Legacy as she waited to distribute campaign
literature to other campaign volunteers in the parking lot of a
supermarket," White details.
The attacker, who announced, "I'm gay and proud of it," ripped a
Reject 74 campaign yard sign off the side of Mark's car, threw it
down, and stomped on it while yelling profane remarks at the
"A good Samaritan by the name of Nikki Davis came to Arlene's
aid," the Preserve Marriage Washington spokesman tells OneNewsNow.
"Nikki Davis, she's 36 years old, she's a pregnant African-American
woman, and she was sitting in the passenger seat of the van that
was parked next to Arlene's vehicle in the supermarket parking
When Davis, who was not involved in the political campaign, told
the assailant to back off, she was shoved, called filthy names, and
targeted by racial slurs.
Police deem the incident a malicious hate crime and are
investigating, but Mark asserts that she will not be intimidated
into backing down from her stance for natural marriage. Instead, it
has strengthened her resolve.
Earlier this year, SB 6239 was passed by the Washington
Legislature and signed by the governor, redefining marriage in the
state in a manner that makes it a genderless institution. So the
coalition of pastors, community and faith groups, and citizens
qualified a referendum to allow voters to decide on whether the
measure will take effect. By rejecting R-74, marriage will be
preserved as the union of one man and one woman.
Strong views on each side of the issue angered the homosexual
assailant in Arlene Mark's case, and White expects a close outcome
Without the referendum, SB 6239 would have taken effect June 7,