Friday, November 14, 2008

Prop 8 Supporters Fighting Back, Forcing Bigots out into the Open via Public Records of Donations, on Blacklist.

When the tables are turned on the anti-gay marriage zealots, feeling like an outsider and bigot for supporting Prop 8 should give them pause, and maybe a little social rejection.

According to CBS News:

For supporters of same-sex marriage, the Election Day loss in California seems to be energizing their campaign rather than ending it. Now the anger is moving to the Internet, where supporters of same-sex marriage are posting blacklists - the names and businesses of those who gave money to help Proposition 8 pass. Chris Lee, an engineer who is an immigrant from China, was shocked to see his name on the Web site after he gave $1,000 to the campaign to end same-sex marriage. "I was completely disgusted," Li said. "This sort of blacklist should only appear in communist countries, should not be found in the United States."

I think Li is a little confused. After all, he just created a government protected form of discrimination, just like in communist countries.

In Los Angeles, demonstrators called for a boycott of a restaurant whose manager made a personal donation of $100 to the "Yes on 8" campaign. "She didn't think it would be public record," said Jeff Yarbrough.

Anger over the blacklists brought out demonstrators in Sacramento, where Scott Eckern resigned as musical director of a local theater when he was identified as a donor.

While it isn't clear who is behind the blacklisting Web sites, political donations are public record and publishing them is legal. But this campaign is making even many supporters of same-sex marriage uncomfortable. "I understand the anger, but I think we need to channel it," said Molly McKay of Marriage Equality USA. "Into conversations, into moving forward because, you know again, hate vs. hate produces more hate."

Funny thing though, the blacklist isn’t a hate list, just a list of bigots who are afraid to stand up for their beliefs. Public records are just that. If anything, they should feel a sense of pride making a gay person a second class citizen, along with being a constitutionally protected form of discrimination. Bravo!

Those campaigning to end same-sex marriage drew up their own blacklist, sending letters to large donors to the campaign to save same-sex marriage, demanding equal money or threatening to publish their names.

Wow, threatening to reveal the names of those who aren't bigots, and blackmailing them on top of that. These people really are nuts.

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