It’s a toasty August morning in Irvine, and professional golfer Spencer-Devlin, gran marshal of the 8th Annual Orange County Ga & Lesbian Pride Parade, is perched atop the back seat of a piano-key-black BMW convertible, slowly cruising along Campus Drive. She strikes her best Princes Di pose, gently waving to the throng of admirers who line both sides of the street. Riding along with her are her mother, Pat, and her partner, Musician Lynda Roth, whom she married in a May commitment ceremony.
The parade route Is a relatively short one, stretching less than a half a mile – this ain’t the Rose Parade, - but Spencer-Devlin and her entourage giddily make the most of it. At one point, mom Pat hops out of the car to snap pictures of her beaming daughter and daughter-in-law. The crowd whoops it up and gives Spencer-Devlin a big hand as she rides by. Everyone is having a blast.
Everyone, that is, except for the small but vocal gathering of religious fundamentalists hear the end of the route. They’re giving the thumbs-down sign, screaming hateful slogans at her, waving “Faggots burn in hell!” signs.
Anybody else confronted with this display might have acted from a gut instinct, maybe answering the disapproving thumbs with an upraised middle finger. But as Murrin’s entourage inches past, everyone in the Beemer turns toward them, smiles, waves hello, and warmly calls out, “We love yooooou!” Clearly, nobody is going to ruin Murrin’s moment.