Okay, I haven't said a lot in my LJ about California's Proposition 8. (That's the one that would change the law to annul the various gay marriages already performed there, and prohibit any further ones.) I should have said something, and I have
donated to the "No on Prop 8" campaign, but I didn't get around to posting anything about it.
(Edit: I've been told that it wouldn't annul prior marriages, just forbid future ones. That doesn't make it any better a proposition, and it certainly has no bearing on what's discussed below, but I wanted to go ahead and make the correction.)
Fuck that. Not anymore.
Recently, some of the businesses who have donated to Equality California--that's one of the groups running the "No on Prop 8" campaign--have been receiving threatening letters from "ProtectMarriage.com." These letters state, and I am quoting
We respectfully request that [Company Name] withdraw its support of Equality California. Make a donation of a like amount to ProtectMarriage.com which will help us correct this error and restore Traditional Marriage. A donation form is enclosed. We will be most grateful and will advertise on our website [Company Name's] generous contribution.
Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. You would leave us no other reasonable assumption. The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published. It is only fair for Proposition 8 supporters to know which companies and organizations oppose traditional marriage.
Yes, you read that right. They're threatening
companies that donated to the other side.
Now, I don't think there's a legal
case for blackmail (much as I'd love to see these fuckers jailed), since the info as to who donated to Equality California is already public on EC's site--that's how these bastards got it. But that doesn't change just how revolting the attitude behind it is.
I've already donated extra
to EC, in response to this bullshit. You can do the same here: https://secure.ga4.org/01/noon8