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California Musical Theatre Director Scott Eckern Steps Down

Following revelations of artistic director Scott Eckern's contribution to the campaign to pass Proposition 8 in California and the subsequent announcement from Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman that he would be boycotting any future productions at Sacramento's California Musical Theatre, Eckern has announced he is stepping down. If you work in musical theater, it's not good business to piss off your base.

EckernSaid Eckern: “I am leaving California Musical Theatre after prayerful consideration to protect the organization and to help the healing in the local theatre-going and creative community. I am disappointed that my personal convictions have cost me the opportunity to do what I love the most.”

Continued Eckern: "I understand that my choice of supporting Proposition 8 has been the cause of many hurt feelings, maybe even betrayal. It was not my intent. I honestly had no idea that this would be the reaction. I chose to act upon my belief that the traditional definition of marriage should be preserved. I support each individual to have rights and access and I understood that in California domestic partnerships come with the same rights that come with marriage. My sister is a lesbian and in a committed domestic partnership relationship. I am loving and supportive of her and her family, and she is loving and supportive of me and my family."

Eckern had been with the company for 25 years.

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  1. Please pass it around to educate those dumb fuck about difference between marriage and civil union.

    Posted by: David | Nov 12, 2008 5:46:54 PM

  2. This guy is small potatoes compared to the "Pres" of efax. He donated $15,000 according to this post from "Good As You"

    Good As You

    Posted by: JD | Nov 12, 2008 6:06:50 PM

  3. yet another Prop 8 supporter who claims they had no idea what they were doing when they wrote their nasty check. god, these people are proving twice how incredibly stupid they are.

    Posted by: argyle | Nov 12, 2008 6:12:22 PM

  4. I am so sick of jerks like this. "Oh I have a lesbian sister and blah, blah, blah".

    Don't hug me with one arm and stab me in the back with the other.

    I have a cousin that feels the same way and her ass went to my wedding! (not the legal one)

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Nov 12, 2008 6:14:40 PM

  5. Eckhern has a lesbian sister and he STILL supported Prop 8??? What a dumb fuck! (Almost as dumb as MY pathetic-ass sister!)

    Posted by: Hephaestion | Nov 12, 2008 6:17:58 PM

  6. If his sister is a lesbian and he supported 8 he should be resigning from his family. Disgusting.

    Posted by: Philip | Nov 12, 2008 6:19:01 PM

  7. Idiot.

    Don't let the doorknob hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Nov 12, 2008 6:31:02 PM

  8. One more thing -


    Thank you.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Nov 12, 2008 6:32:10 PM

  9. what a piece of shit, i wonder if his wife would mind if he supported taking away her right to vote.. or maybe he'd like that too?

    Thanks and hugs to everyone who's called this joker out. We need to keep the pressure on. Maybe the websites could start a web clock counting days of shame - how many days since civil rights were stripped from us?

    Posted by: Grego | Nov 12, 2008 6:49:36 PM

  10. "My sister is a lesbian and in a committed domestic partnership relationship. I am loving and supportive of her and her family..."

    WOW, just when I thought that the bigot coverline of "some of my best friends are gay..." would never be surpassed! This fucker has NO shame! I seriously hope he's off sister's Thanksgiving guest list this year.

    Posted by: jim | Nov 12, 2008 7:11:51 PM

  11. Guess what Mr. Eckern, your sister doesn't support you, she hates you. Good riddance to you. You got what you deserved you piece of shit. I hope you are blackballed and never find work in Theatre again you hateful pig.

    Posted by: Michael from Asheville | Nov 12, 2008 7:22:30 PM

  12. Eckern said, "I am disappointed that my personal convictions have cost me the opportunity to do what I love the most." I am disappointed that your personal convictions have cost me the opportunity to do what I love the most.

    Posted by: BentonQuest | Nov 12, 2008 7:53:03 PM

  13. I hope this is a lesson to all of you; Civil Unions ARE NOT ARE NOT ARE NOT the same as Marriage. Don't settle for second class when you're forced to pay for first class.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Nov 12, 2008 8:15:45 PM

  14. "'I understand that my choice of supporting Proposition 8 has been the cause of many hurt feelings, maybe even betrayal. It was not my intent. I honestly had no idea that this would be the reaction.'"

    I'm guessing he has a better idea now. Funny how light bulbs suddenly go off in those arrogantly dim straight minds when they're the ones facing the consequences of their bigoted actions.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 12, 2008 8:37:17 PM

  15. Hell, even Crutchley from Manhunt donated money to No on 8. This guy is a major loser.

    Posted by: JimmyXXX | Nov 12, 2008 8:50:47 PM

  16. I love how all donors to any proposition are in PUBLIC web sites.

    You can hide behind a church your gayness (like him) and BIGOTRY (like him), but when you give money to a cause that hurts HUMAN BEINGS, then you deserve all the consequences.

    Losing his job is NOTHING compared to what married gay/lesbian couples are going through right now.

    Posted by: FunMe | Nov 12, 2008 9:17:11 PM

  17. "...prayerful consideration..."

    Gawd, do these religious assholes ALWAYS have to advertise how religious they are? At every opportunity? In every statement that comes out of their mouths?

    Posted by: Sportin' Life | Nov 12, 2008 9:50:48 PM

  18. A question begged by this and a couple of other cases is: why did people who were or at least appeared to be gay positive vote Yes? The simple answer is that they're two-faced bigoted hypocrite assholes. The simple answer may be correct. But we should ask: what if this dunce was sincere in believing marriage was unnecessary? ie: What info didn't get circulated by the No campaign? The NO campaign had phone scripts that carefully avoided words like gay, marriage and civil rights. Just maybe failing to directly address the issue was an error?

    In any case I still think this surge of boycotts is great. Starve the fuckers.

    Posted by: Clay | Nov 12, 2008 10:50:14 PM

  19. Someone who engages in "prayerful consideration" knows exactly what he's donating for and exactly what it means. His sister should prayerfully consider punching him in the nose.

    Posted by: David D. | Nov 12, 2008 11:13:32 PM

  20. I don't feel sorry for him at all.
    As a matter of fact I resent his feeling the victim in this.
    He CHOSE to donate.
    He (most likely) made a CHOICE to vote to discriminate.
    He then CHOSE to step down.
    HE was not fired.
    He is a coward.
    He does not see that in THIS contry there is no place for HIS religious beliefs to be enshrined as civil doctrine.
    Sorry folks but we can't be minstrals for his pleasure or profit.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Nov 13, 2008 1:16:16 AM

  21. OK so now the No On Prop 8 did not do any outreach to the MUSICAL THEATER COMMUNITY?

    DAMN us to Hell we droped the ball on the blacks and the theater geeks!

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Nov 13, 2008 1:22:46 AM

  22. And since when are the Mormons for civil unions and domestic partnerships? Seems like they're doing a political spin job because of the backlash.

    From what I understand, a Mormon caught having same-sex relations is immediately banished from the church community. In some cases, their own family members won't even talk to them. So this little act of (post Prop. 8) crocodile tear "compassion" for same-sex couples - as long they don't call it marriage - seems to have come completely out of nowhere. Mormon doctrine was never tolerant of ANY kind of homosexuality.

    The cultists are just making it up as they go along.

    Posted by: John in CA | Nov 13, 2008 3:04:56 AM

  23. On the bright side: there's LOTS of nativity plays coming up she could direct!

    Posted by: Jimbo | Nov 13, 2008 3:09:43 AM

  24. "Prayrful consideration" = "My shit doesn't stink cause I talk to GOD!"

    Very happy to read your post, Dan.

    Th beating heart of this new generation of gay acitivism springs from the fact that THE CLOSET IS OVER!!!!

    For eons the closet has been the source of the phobes' power. Marraige means, among many other things, NO MORE CLOSETS!

    Feel The Gay Power, people. This is what it's like. This is what it means.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 13, 2008 8:12:27 AM

  25. It strikes me that people such as this man are increasingly going to have to choose on gay rights issues. This is not the doing of the gay community itself but has been provoked by anti gay measures being pushed forward by conservative groups (usually religous ones). In the case of the US it has been about the meaning of marriage, in the UK similar issues have been raised within the church of England by conservative clerics and lay persons, hence all the problems in the summer at the Lambeth conference. With such reactionary groups forcing forward aggresive agendas to withdraw rights or debar gays from certtain jobs it is forcing others to make decisions about where they stand. This is clearly proving difficult for many, such as this apparently "liberal" theatre manager. Well all one can say is that it is flushing out our true friends. Just a bit unfortunate for him since I doubt he will find it easy to find another job in musical theatre...

    Posted by: ARCH | Nov 13, 2008 9:40:16 AM

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