Since California voters passed a ban on gay marriage, some supporters of the measure have found themselves squarely in the bull’s-eye of angry gay rights activists.
After the voting commotion in November 2008 when California’s Proposition 8 (ban on gay marriage) passed it’s no secret who gave money for and against the controversial amendment to the state’s constitution, known as Proposition 8. California’s secretary of state publicized the lists of contributors, which were picked up by local media and Web sites.
Although this information is deemed “public information” American Age asks that one look into why this campaign money disclosure is considered “public.” Otherwise it is definitely a violation of an individual’s privacy rights as guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.
So in the aftermath of this apparent “will of the people” we are still hearing this petty, ugly, and hate filled rhetoric from the gay community:
In Los Angeles, would-be patrons of a popular Tex-Mex restaurant were greeted by furious protestors like John Dennison. “El Coyote – millions in gay margarita money funding hatred,” Dennison yelled during the protest. “Boycott El Coyote!” (Original story here.)
It is this kind of petty protesting that irks us to no end. It is the embellishment of one’s actions-the freedom they have to do as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States-that people vehemently hate and intend on hurting a person who donated $100 dollars to the campaign.
Honestly, how many Margarita’s in L.A. no less will $100 get a person these days? Twenty if you’re lucky!
In Sacramento, the owners of Leatherby’s Family Creamery found themselves part of the backlash when The Sacramento Bee printed the list of contributors. Dave Leatherby, a devout Roman Catholic father of 10, says he was responding to a direct request from his bishop to give generously.
And once that was known, retaliation was swift. “We soon started getting very nasty e-mails and letters and phone calls by the hundreds,” he says.
Moreover, something quite interesting happened on the day of the pre-planned protest. Business went up, instead of down. “The day they picketed us, there were about 15 picketers, and that day we had people waiting two hours to get into our restaurant for four or five hours,” he says.
“This seems to be an effort to indiscriminately go after anyone who contributed money, regardless of their position on gay issues,” says Frank Schubert, spokesman for the Yes on 8 campaign. He says the backlash has endangered individuals who exercised their constitutional right to freedom of religion.
And its given rise to charges that as gay rights advocates tried to change public opinion, some stepped over the line and turned their protest into a witch hunt. As for us at American Age, when does harassment start; or discrimination start? People talk of hate crimes, even hate speech, yet we are looking at a double standard head on here and where’s the action? (See original story at NPR here.)
As the saying goes with advertising…it can either work for you-or-when not prepared, it can work against you.