An Unlikely Plaintiff. At Issue? He Dares Not Speak Its Name
By SCOTT JAMES
Bay Area Reporter
When Clay M. Greene remembered the events of June 2008, he clenched his teeth, his hands tightened into fists and his body shook. 'They grabbed them by their necks and tossed them in a car,' he said last week, recalling the fate of his beloved cats, Sassy and Tiger. He never saw them again.
Mr. Greene, 78, named both the people he believes are his tormentors and what he feared would happen now. 'The county workers will come and shoot me, knock on the door, and blow my head off,' he said.
Paranoia, fear and anger are Mr. Greenes constant companions in his tiny Guerneville studio apartment. His mind is slipping, not always tethered to the present or reality.
Yet it is this failing, frightened man who has suddenly found himself thrust into the national spotlight in a legal battle where some would like to make him a martyr for same-sex marriage.
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