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ALERT: Proposition 8 Update, Your Help Still Needed!

Noon8_2The battle against the hateful, anti-gay Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriage in the state, take the rights away from thousands of Californians, and have severe national implications as well, continues to heat up, and still needs your help.

Opponents of Proposition 8, the measure banning same-sex marriage in the state say they have been out-funded and will lose come November unless they begin matching funds donated by the measure's supporters. For more information, see my post of yesterday. DONATE to the battle AGAINST Proposition 8 by CLICKING HERE.

Here's an UPDATE on recent developments:

EtheridgeFor those of you living in Southern California, there is a huge benefit to raise money to fight Prop 8 happening on Tuesday, October 21 at the home of Ron Burkle in Beverly Hills, at which Melissa Etheridge will perform.

It's chaired by David C. Bohnett & Tom Gregory, John & Mike August, Burkle, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Bruce Cohen & Gabe Catone, David Geffen, Chad Griffin, Jonathan Lewis, Hon. Dennis Herrera, Hon. Gavin Newsom, Hon. Fabian Nunez, Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa, Equality California - Geoff Kors, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center - Lorri L. Jean, National Center for Lesbian Rights - Kate Kendell, and Barbra Streisand.

Here's a PDF about the $1,000/person event as well as a dinner for donors with the ability to give larger amounts to the fight.

Californians Against Hate published an updated "dishonor roll" of more than 740 donors to the "Yes on Prop 8" campaign, homophobic organizations (and individuals) that want to take marriage rights away from people this November.

These homophobic bigots include Knights of Columbus, New Haven, CT ($1,275,000), National Organization for Marriage, Princeton, NJ, ($941,134.80), John Templeton, Bryn Mawr, PA, John Templeton Foundation, Chairman/President, ($900,000), Howard Ahmanson, Jr., Irvine, CA, ($900,000), American Family Association, Tupelo, MS, ($500,000), Elsa Prince, Holland, MI, ($450,000), Focus On the Family, Colorado Springs, CO, ($439,643.66), Concerned Women for America, Washington DC, ($409,000), Robert Hurtt, Orange, CA, ($300,000), Terry Caster & Family, San Diego, CA, ($293,000), Dorothy Nielson, La Verne, CA, ($150,000), Doug Manchester, San Diego, CA, Manchester Financial Group, LLC, Chairman, ($125,000)....

A more detailed list can be found here.

See my post of yesterday. DONATE to the battle AGAINST Proposition 8 by CLICKING HERE.

BolthouseIncidentally, a boycott against Bolthouse Farms by the group has been dropped.

The L.A Times reports: "The 'Don't Buy Bolthouse' campaign ended because the company's chief executive 'has provided us with a compelling perspective which clearly demonstrates the separation between Bolthouse Farms and . . . its founder, William Bolthouse,' Californians Against Hate said Wednesday in a written statement. That perspective, the statement continued, 'provides us with confidence that Bolthouse Farms is committed to working productively with the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community.'"

More on the dispute and its resolution here.

MormontempleAs I mentioned yesterday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is recruiting from out-of-state to help pass the anti-gay measure, but here's more.

It's sick: "The church planned its appeal on Wednesday night with a satellite broadcast to church buildings in California and on the three Brigham Young campuses. Mormon leaders were scheduled to speak directly to members, with a particular focus being placed on reaching young married couples, single church members and those already active in the campaign..."

The Courage Campaign is demanding that GOP Rep David Dreier of California take a stand on the issue. So far, he has refused to speak: "Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he opposes Prop 8. John McCain has said he supports Prop 8 Where does David Dreier stand?"

In related news, two NEW ads have been released from both opponents and supporters of Proposition 8.


The ad on the left, from supporters of the homophobic measure, scares voters with the misinformation that schools will be performing some sort of "indoctrination" on kids because of it. It's a disgusting tactic. The "No on 8" ad tells Californians that they'll be taking rights away and treating many Americans as second-class citizens.

You can watch them, AFTER THE JUMP...

The new 'Yes on 8' ad on the left, the new 'No on 8' ad on the right.

The national implications of this fight could not be more serious. DONATE to the battle AGAINST Proposition 8 by CLICKING HERE.

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  1. Okay... I'm convinced. I'm writing a big check. As a New Yorker with a marriage license from California, I'm a stakeholder in this. Time for me to ante up.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Oct 9, 2008 8:52:36 AM

  2. Is it just me, or does anyone else start to get a little bit skeptical when you read a statement like:
    "Opponents of Proposition 8, the measure banning same-sex marriage in the state say they have been out-funded and will lose come November unless they begin matching funds donated by the measure's supporters."

    WILL LOSE if they don't match funds? Huh? I understand that money buys air time that leads to more awareness of a cause, but since when did it become "whoever raises the most money will win"??

    Sounds like defeatist thinking. Or worse.

    Sorry if that makes me sound bitter or mistrustful, but after finally unsubscribing from the Obama campaign's email list after a month of daily spam asking for donations, I'm starting to think that too much emphasis on fund-raising is a sign of poorly managed campaign funds.

    Posted by: sparks | Oct 9, 2008 8:54:06 AM

  3. OK, whats with Pepperdine still being mentioned in the ad? My understanding was Pepperdine requested their name be removed - instead there is a little subtitle which no one is going to read that says "Title for identification purposes only"??? How lame is that... the implication is that Pepperdine is supporting this ad, or at a minimum has professors which participate in misleading ads. All you Pepperdine Alumni need to raise holy hell about it!

    Regarding the need for additional funds... the bigots are using TAX EXEMPT church funds to finance this effort and are blanketing the airwaves with half truths and lies to trick people into supporting their ridiculous initiative. In addition, millions of Mormon drones have been recruited to spread misinformation. Sad to say, but the electorate can be duped... therefore the only way to get our message across is to speak LOUDER - which takes more $$$. The one who spends the most $$$ has the loudest voice.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 9, 2008 9:30:58 AM

  4. One more thing, just watched the new "No on 8" ad --- I think its noble and good that all of the ads we have aired so far take the high road and are very soft sell (esp. in comparison to the Prop 8 scare tactics and the use of the Pepperdine professor as an authoritarian figure who spews bullshit.)

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 9, 2008 9:40:12 AM

  5. "Bolthouse sold his stake in the company in 2005, Dunn said in the document, although he leases his land to the company for farming purposes, and his daughter and son-in-law still own a 28% interest in it."

    If the Bolthouse Foundation is making any money whatsoever from leasing their property to Bolthouse Farms or through family member's company shares then I will make a point to continue not buying bags of Bolthouse baby carrots and not drinking Bolthouse juices.

    The Bolthouse Foundation is not only anti-gay and anti-choice, they are also lobbying Washington so that anyone running for public office must first be a Christian.
    I'm not giving them a penny.

    Posted by: Pbar | Oct 9, 2008 9:41:17 AM

  6. YES ON 8 is gaining ground because of the awful, and awfully ineffective warm fuzzy, vague message. The people running NO ON 8 and EQ California have NO IDEA how to create effective social marketing.

    And more importantly have wasted the vast fund they had by running these stupid ads in heavy rotation way before the election and RESERVING nothing for a YES ON 8 response campaign.

    It is the textbook worst of self-satisfied gay-and-lesbian-committee syndrome I've seen in years.

    Posted by: David B. | Oct 9, 2008 9:43:22 AM

  7. We're getting Obama, but we're losing gay marriage in California. Life will go on, and it's probably better than the alternative.

    Posted by: Yeek | Oct 9, 2008 9:51:28 AM

  8. David Geffen is a gay billionaire, worth approximately 6.5 BILLION $. This white fag billionaire could afford to fund the ENTIRE opposition to Proposition 8 if he wanted to. Apparently, he doesn't want to. There should be a word for gay uncle tom. It would fit David Geffen perfectly.

    Posted by: elg | Oct 9, 2008 10:21:52 AM

  9. I have to agree with that last point: with all of these celebrities that have millions of dollars to spend on lavish lifestyles, why is it such a problem raising funds? Being a spokesperson for a cause isn't enough. Why not money instead of words? It makes me feel betrayed by an industry that always has our support and is nothing without us. Can't we expect some financial support in return?

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 9, 2008 11:29:15 AM

  10. Well, I live in Los Angeles, so I'll be donating $1000 and going to the Burkle fundraiser (hearing Melissa Etheridge sing will be a nice addition!).

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 9, 2008 12:12:49 PM

  11. I gave over $2000 and I know I will never buy a Madonna CD again.

    Posted by: Inland | Oct 9, 2008 1:17:41 PM

  12. As a California resident, I know too well that on these propositions, whichever side raises the most money wins.

    These votes are never about the actual issue. Essentially you can buy legislation through propositions.

    Money for No on 8 is direly needed. I've already donated as much money as my student budget will allow, but I won't stop encouraging others to donate.

    We must stop this amendment and ensure that the Court's ruling remains. The Court's ruling marks the first time that an Equal Protection clause was used to recognize the rights of our community.

    Posted by: Eric | Oct 9, 2008 1:26:20 PM

  13. The ad opposing prop. 8 is so fucking stupidly retarded. They really need to get a competent ad agency or prop 8 is going to pass unanimously.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 9, 2008 1:48:20 PM

  14. To the people who don't like the ad for No on 8, you are NOT the target audience of the ad. The group is targeting people who may oppose gay marriage, but would feel uncomfortable taking away the rights of others.

    It is imperative that voters understand that the amendment is not just blocking the right to marriage; it is eliminating a right that currently exists.

    In the past California voters have voted down propositions that eliminate rights because they feel uncomfortable doing so. The ad plays on that.

    The ads feature straight people because they are the ones that need to be convinced. They need to see people that they identify with. They will have an easier time connecting with the ads if they feature people that are like them. The people who are on the fence about the issue will have a hard time connecting with gay people in ads.

    Making ads that feature gay people and target a gay audience is just preaching to the choir. It would just waste an already limited supply of money.

    Posted by: Eric | Oct 9, 2008 3:19:13 PM

  15. Many don't realize that there are more Mormons in California than in Utah. The Mormon hierarchy has asked the Church members to make sure Proposition 8 passes, and since Mormons believe their leaders speak for God, they must do what they're told. Shouldn't the Mormon Church's tax exemption be taken away if they are going to be so overtly political?

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 9, 2008 3:31:36 PM

  16. I do understand the audience to which this ad is suppose to target its message. That's why the ad sucks. You aren't going to be taken seriously by trying to use a comic tone when you want people to see this as a real danger to rights. This is story telling 101. Stop being so fucking condescending.

    Posted by: Akaison | Oct 9, 2008 3:49:48 PM

  17. well i guess they are listening, because here's your harder-hitting No On 8 ad:

    Posted by: le_sacre | Oct 9, 2008 5:31:36 PM

  18. There's also a large fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 12 at Skybar. Tickets are $100, plus silent auction and a rash of celebs. Can check it out at

    Posted by: BobC562 | Oct 9, 2008 6:53:22 PM

  19. I, PeePee, don't work for a living and inherited all of my money, so I will donating $23.76 to Prop 8.

    And if you criticize the efforts of Prop 8 or express any opinion different from mine, I will ask Andy to ban you from Towleroad!

    I, PeePee, demand this!

    Posted by: iPeePee | Oct 9, 2008 8:57:03 PM

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