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Protect Marriage Blackmailing Businesses to Support Prop 8

Protect Marriage, the group behind the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California, is now threatening businesses that unless they support the ban they will be identified and exposed.

Pmletter", the umbrella group behind a ballot initiative that would overturn the California Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage, sent a certified letter this week asking companies to withdraw their support of Equality California, a nonprofit organization that is helping lead the campaign against Proposition 8. 'Make a donation of a like amount to which will help us correct this error,' reads the letter. "Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. ... The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to but have given to Equality California will be published.' The letter was signed by four members of the group's executive committee: campaign chairman Ron Prentice; Edward Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference; Mark Jansson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Andrew Pugno, the lawyer for A donation form was attached. The letter did not say where the names would be published."

Here's the letter in PDF form.

I'll have a much larger update on the Prop 8 situation later today.

Donate to the 'No on Prop 8' campaign HERE.

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  1. "Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage."

    Yes, the logic that being FOR gay marriage means being actively AGAINST straight marriage is unimpeachable. /sarcasm

    Posted by: Sasha | Oct 24, 2008 8:54:06 AM

  2. What a bunch of bottomfeeders... they can't win by letting people make their own minds up, so they have to blackmail people? Any measure of 'moral highground' that these fools think they may have is totally obliterated by their blackmail.

    They are no better than anyone who fought against the dismantling of segregation. I don't care how they try to justify their 'protect straight marriage' actions, it is pure discriminatory evil, rising from the bottom of their black, selfish and hateful hearts!

    Posted by: CK | Oct 24, 2008 9:06:02 AM

  3. Blackmail is against the law, isn't it? And when it is done through the mails, it becomes a federal case, doesn't it?

    Posted by: Roscoe | Oct 24, 2008 9:09:41 AM

  4. These people are amazing. So hateful, so ANTI- peace and the opposite 'do unto others as they would do unto you.'

    If you want to see THEIR side of it (absolutely galling and filled with stupidity.. check here. I wanted to see what lies they were spewing..

    Donate, donate, donate NO on 8.

    Posted by: pickles | Oct 24, 2008 9:20:24 AM

  5. I'm with Roscoe. Isn't this extortion? If they do publish the names of businesses that donated to Equality California, I would assume it would be GOOD advertising.

    Posted by: BusyTimmy | Oct 24, 2008 9:26:13 AM

  6. I agree that this looks like extortion, but even if they don't get called on this... i think most businesses and people do not respond well to this type of bullying.
    this has got to backfire...

    Posted by: Bobby | Oct 24, 2008 9:39:21 AM

  7. The Southern Baptists did the same thing to The Walt Disney Company in the 90s.. didn't work then, it won't work now.

    But, oh yes, this sounds like "give a donation or else..' and that is against the law. I would say it's time for a class action suit.

    At the very least it would drain the coffers dry of this particular organization and leave them a laughing stock of political ignorance.

    Posted by: Darren | Oct 24, 2008 9:43:27 AM

  8. Sen. Dole attacking Kay Hagan as having a "radical gay agenda." Hate mailer all over N.C. Unbelievable hate...check it out.

    Posted by: David | Oct 24, 2008 9:59:40 AM

  9. What's up with the logo? It looks like tits.

    Posted by: MATT | Oct 24, 2008 10:01:04 AM

  10. I think it's a valid tactic when done by the No on 8 advocates, and it's a valid tactic here... stupid, but valid.

    These are companies that have put more then $10,000 into the No on 8 efforts. Didn't anyone over at Yes on 8 pause to reflect a moment that they might WANT their names associated with tolerance and marriage equality?

    Posted by: Jonathan | Oct 24, 2008 10:02:20 AM

  11. What's up with the logo? It looks like tits.

    Posted by: MATT | Oct 24, 2008 10:03:00 AM

  12. What's up with the logo? It looks like tits.

    Posted by: MATT | Oct 24, 2008 10:03:05 AM

  13. It's time for us to step up and fight back
    If you are in Northern California on Sunday there is a "No on 8" Demonstration at the Mormon (LDS) temple, Oakland
    Sunday, October 26, 2008
    9:00am - 12:00pm
    4770 Lincoln Ave. near the Warren freeway (highway 13)
    Oakland, CA

    Gay Mormons to Support Atheist Temple Protest
    Peaceful Demonstration Planned in Support of "NO on Prop 8"

    Leaders of Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons have announced their
    support for a demonstration planned this Sunday outside of the Oakland
    Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). "Even
    though the LDS Church makes up a fairly small percentage of the population
    of California, it is seeking to wield a disproportionate and unjustified
    level of influence over California civil law," said George Cole of San
    Francisco, one of Affirmations national leaders. "Over forty per cent of
    the cash contributions to the pro-Prop 8 efforts in California have come
    from Mormons or from entities controlled by the Mormon Church, and the LDS
    church is operating phone banks in several cities in Idaho, Utah, and
    elsewhere to attempt to influence California voters."

    The demonstration, planned for 9:00 to 12:00 on Sunday morning, October
    26, is being led by The San Francisco Atheists and by East Bay Atheists,
    with the support of other bay area groups. Although the pairing of
    Atheists and Gay Mormons may seem unusual, David Melson, Affirmation's
    Assistant Executive Director, pointed out that the issues involved in Prop
    8 are basic human rights and freedom of religion, including the freedom to
    not be forced to be subject to anyone elses religion. "The LDS Church is
    attempting to use the California constitution to take away the civil
    rights of a portion of the California population and to impose religious
    standards of the Mormon Church upon all Californians. This is
    unprecedented and dangerous."

    Current California law allows marriage between any two people, regardless
    of gender; Prop 8 seeks to overturn that law through an amendment to the
    California Constitution. The primary issue is civil rights for all
    California citizens, including those rights that society gives to
    recognize and promote the positive, stabilizing influence of two people
    joined together for life as a family unit. California has traditionally
    recognized the worth of having a diversity of cultures, values, and
    beliefs, and has relied upon families and faith institutions to deal with
    the more detailed issues of morality. Nothing in California's current
    marriage laws imposes anyone elses morality upon any person, church or
    other religious institution; Prop 8 would change that, holding the
    citizens of California to Mormon standards.

    "The "Articles of Faith" of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
    Saints state people must be allowed to believe and worship as they choose,
    and the church must not interfere in civil issues," said Olin Thomas,
    Affirmation's Executive Director. "The leadership of the Mormon Church
    needs to seriously examine their actions in California vis--vis the tenets
    of their own faith. We urge them to prayerfully consider pulling out of
    the Prop 8 campaign, cease teaching hatred and homophobia as family
    values, and begin concentrating on the real world needs of its members and

    Affirmation spokesperson Micah Bisson said, "With all of the issues and
    needs in the world at this time, it is shameful that the leaders of the
    church have chosen instead to direct church members to devote their
    resources and labor to a civil and political issue that has will not
    negatively affect the church or its members.

    Those who wish to become a part of the demonstration this Sunday are
    encouraged to contact Don Havis at or 650-375-1745.

    Posted by: chadnnocal | Oct 24, 2008 10:09:55 AM

  14. Is it possible to get a copy of the mailing list of the victims of this extortion attempt?

    It might take the wind out of "Yes on Hate's" sails if the list were publicized beforehand. Plus it would give us the opportunity to thank those that already support equality for all and to express our support for them.

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Oct 24, 2008 10:31:08 AM

  15. Oh! My slogan suggestion for Sunday's demonstration:

    "If we can't have 9 spouses, gays shouldn't have any! -The Mormons"

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Oct 24, 2008 10:36:14 AM

  16. I noticed that Time Warner, Comcast and AT&T were amongs the list of sponsors on that letter. Is there a way to confirm their support of Prop 8?

    Posted by: mr-angelo | Oct 24, 2008 10:49:41 AM

  17. Isn't this letter, in effect, blackmail since the senders are threatening an action against the letter's recipients if the recipients do not pay them? I think the California State Atty General should look into this matter.

    Posted by: Peter | Oct 24, 2008 10:50:47 AM

  18. To answer the question above:
    ATT, Comcast where sponsors of NO on 8... Equality California... they are saying ATT, Comcast give us money or else...
    F*CK 'em... no one cares!

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 24, 2008 11:10:27 AM

  19. Two things:

    1. AT&T was one of the first major corporations to have a nondescrimination policy for sexual orientation. It was implemented in the 70s.

    2. Mikeinsanjose, your comment suggests a great viral campaign that the "no on 8" folks could use: Prop 8 would allow Mormon men to have up to 8 wives.

    Posted by: voet | Oct 24, 2008 11:37:34 AM

  20. Dear Yes on 8 Committee- The letter you are sending to equal rights proponents is a clear indication that you are in opposition to equal rights. You leave us no other reasonable assumption. Your names, addresses, employers and personal phone numbers will be published. Because you hold your traditional family so dear, the same information for minimum of three of your family members (perhaps your elderly mother) will also be published. It is only fair for supporters of equal rights to know who opposes them.

    Kidding, but how would they like that?

    Posted by: Timothy | Oct 24, 2008 11:48:03 AM

  21. Hahahahahahah! It does look like tits! But seriously, this has to be illegal. If I were a business and got this letter I'd feel threatened.

    Posted by: Mr. E | Oct 24, 2008 12:40:00 PM

  22. Actually, Timothy, that is a great idea. Maybe a full-page ad in all the California dailies?

    Posted by: mike | Oct 24, 2008 2:43:32 PM

  23. If one is truly inclined to publish the names and addresses of the "Yes on 8" board, you only need to go to the county and request a copy of the boards names. If I am not mistaken, as a "non-profit" they have to register all who is on the board with the state to receive non-profit status. Then that info can be published on the web for all to see.
    Just a thought.

    Posted by: MNCrash | Oct 24, 2008 3:49:23 PM

  24. it's especially bizarre since all donations to these campaigns are a matter of public record anyway...

    hope everyone's seen the news that apple came out against prop 8 and gave 100k to the campaign. they're not too worried about hiding that fact. than you, apple. you will continue to get my business.

    Posted by: le_sacre | Oct 24, 2008 4:11:45 PM

  25. Don't forget about the Morons, er Mormons pushing 102 in Arizona. Contribute to the cause by changing the "YES on 102" signs from "Marriage should be between 1 man and 1 woman" to "Marriage should be between 1 man and 1 ten year old girl...and all of her little sisters."

    Posted by: Wheezy | Oct 26, 2008 1:33:11 AM

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