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Blacklists Reveal Names of Proposition 8 Supporters

November 17, 2008 01:56 PM
by Rachel Balik
Opponents of Proposition 8 have published lists of people and businesses who gave money to support the ban, encouraging boycotts, protests and hostility

Opponents of Prop 8 Initiate Boycotts

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Proposition 8's opponents who first expressed anger via marches and protests have now moved online; several Web sites are publishing information about businesses and people who donated money to the ban before it was passed. These blacklists encourage opponents of the marriage ban to boycott these companies. The result has been embarrassment not just for businesses, but for individuals on a personal level. For example, the artistic director of California Musical Theatre in Sacramento resigned after his name appeared on a blacklist.

Many are outraged and horrified by this action. One engineer whose name appears on the list told UPI, "This sort of blacklist should only appear in communist countries, should not be found in the United States."

The Church of Latter-day Saints, a key supporter of the ban, has been a focal point for protests and Time magazine reports that hostility and tensions are high. There has also been a backlash against African-Americans, many of whom voted for the ban.

Background: Marches, Protests in Response to Prop 8

The San Diego Union-Tribune estimated that up to 10,000 people marched on Nov. 7 to protest the Election Day passage of Proposition 8, a ban on gay marriage.

“Chants for equality were sometimes drowned out by drivers honking their horns in support of the passing crowd. Signs waved and bobbed in the air with slogans such as ‘We Shall Overcome’ and ‘Not Gay, Love You Anyway,’” reported the Union-Tribune.

On Nov. 8, a protest with an estimated 5,000 people was held in Los Angeles, according to Reuters.

Protests have been ongoing throughout California since Nov. 5, when the election results were first announced.  Proposition 8, which was voted in by a small margin, amends the state’s constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, thus effectively outlawing same-sex marriage. California was among three states to pass a ballot initiative banning gay marriage.

California's Attorney General, Jerry Brown, said that he’ll challenge attempts to invalidate any of the nearly 20,000 same-sex marriages performed since this summer, the Union-Tribune said. Brown also plans to defend the proposition in any court proceedings.

Meanwhile, legal challenges to Proposition 8 have already been filed in California courts, according to the Whittier (Calif.) Daily News. The American Civil Liberties Union and a lesbian couple have filed separate lawsuits to challenge the amendment’s legality. Santa Clara County, Los Angeles and San Francisco governments also “filed a petition to invalidate the amendment,” the paper said.

Opinion and Analysis: Why Did Prop 8 Pass?

Proposition 8 passed by a close margin. Many wonder what factors went into the ban passing. Analysts say that those in favor of Prop 8 were able to use “scare tactics” that were never diffused by the opposition. Republican political consultant Wayne Johnson told the Los Angeles Times that backers were able to convince voters that schools would be actively endorsing gay marriage to children, and that churches would be punished for not performing gay marriages.

According to exit polls, 70 percent of black voters and more than 50 percent of Latino voters in California supported the gay marriage ban. The AP reports that these minority groups came out “in droves” to support Obama and may have provided the bulk of the votes in favor of Prop 8.

A blogger for the San Francisco Chronicle accuses Mayor Gavin Newsom of hurting, not helping, the campaign to stop Prop 8 from passing. Phil Bronstein suggests that Newsom’s ego was more important to him that working to gain support in the right areas. He opted to go to gay-friendly communities that were already settled on overturning the ban rather than try to sway voters in more anti-gay communities.
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