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Bill Clinton Crosses Proposition 8 Picket Line in San Diego

Despitea petition from the Courage Campaign signed by more than 26,500 people calling for him to respect the boycott of Proposition 8 supporter Doug Manchester's Manchester Grand Hyatt, former President Bill Clinton gave a speech there Sunday to the International Franchise Association, the San Diego Union Tribune reports:

Sd1"Before he spoke, about 150 to 200 Proposition 8 opponents and union supporters rallied outside the downtown San Diego hotel. They have called for a boycott of the hotel since July, after owner Doug Manchester donated $125,000 to the campaign to ban gay marriage in California. The complaint of union officials is that Manchester requires more work of maids and other employees than most hotels. 'He's crossing protests by gay and lesbian people and labor,' said Jim Brady, 48, of Hillcrest, who held an American flag during the rally. 'We just can't support this business.' Organizers estimated there were about 200 protesters; San Diego police said about 150."

Rex Wockner also covered the protest. He reports:

Sd2"No representative of the IFA was available to speak to media, and hotel officials said Clinton would not be available to reporters either. The officials prohibited a reporter from accessing the floor on which the convention was taking place. An openly gay hotel spokesman, Kelly Commerford, said "the voters have spoken" on same-sex marriage in California and that the views of Manchester do not represent those of Global Hyatt Corp., which has received high marks on scorecards charting corporations' policies on GLBT issues. Near the demonstration's end, four gay activists entered the hotel in an attempt to deliver to Clinton 30,000 signatures collected by the Courage Campaign urging Clinton to relocate his convention address to a different venue. Courage Campaign Chair Rick Jacobs (right), NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt founder and union activist Cleve Jones (holding petitions), Sara Beth Brooks of the San Diego Equality Campaign (left), and local Pride at Work Co-chair Carlos Marquez were halted just inside the main entrance by hotel staff. The activists requested that Clinton or a representative meet with them to receive the petitions. The hotel staff said they would relay the message, then walked away."

Wockner took the photos here and has many more available at his blog.

Gays Picket Bill Clinton in San Diego [rex wockner]

A local news report broadcast before the planned picket as well as video of Clinton being introduced inside the venue, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. well, he's kinda for the states to decide on marriage. since each state kinda. decides on the particulars. concerning marriage. yah.

    so, i'm not really surprised that he crossed a picket line that doesn't agree or is consistent with his (or his wife's) previous actions or current beliefs.

    Posted by: Ian | Feb 16, 2009 10:01:22 AM


  2. He betrayed us with Don't Ask Don't Tell, then betrayed us again by signing DOMA as a distraction to get re-elected in 1996 - all while committing adultery with Monica. No surprise he betrays us again for monetary gain. It's like the Bush family getting paid to speak in Saudi Arabia despite Saudi treatment of gay people and of Christians. It is pathetic.

    Posted by: Daniel | Feb 16, 2009 3:38:16 PM


  3. Typical Bill Clinton. All show, no go.

    He and his wife use the gay community when it suits them, and then steps on us when it doesn't. DOMA was a tragedy. He can pretend it was a distraction to avoid more draconian measures but he has never denounced it, and continues to defend it.

    All my gay brothers who were dogging Obama for using Donnie McFluck to sing on stage during a campaign stop ought to think about which man used the power of his office to screw with us in a real and life altering way. Bill Clinton has been really good on some things, but both Clintons have failed us in so many other public ways. (And please don't tell me he's really gay friendly, this is what the crazy Moosehead from Alaska said about her gays.)

    Posted by: Moji | Feb 16, 2009 5:28:04 PM


  4. The Clintons always have been anti union and viciously homophobic. This is so typical.

    Posted by: libhomo | Feb 17, 2009 7:04:00 AM


  5. Ian, is that "kinda" what you think, you mealy-mouthed twit?

    Posted by: Johnny | Feb 17, 2009 3:03:57 PM


  6. At least Clinton has finally done one thing good in his life. He was not willing to bow to the efforts of the G & L community to impose their pin headed demands on him. The people have spoken! Get over it!

    Posted by: John | Feb 28, 2009 1:01:18 AM


  7. John- Go Fuck yourself!

    Posted by: ty | Mar 2, 2009 10:49:20 AM


  8. I'm sure that Bill was paid plenty to give this speech., Although I voted twice for him he is a loose goose whenn it comes to supporting gay rights. Does anybody remember that almost the first thing he did when he started his first presidential term was to cave in on the gays in the military issue.

    Posted by: bob98102 | Mar 3, 2009 1:29:02 AM


  9. Bill Clinton is where things started to go wrong in this country, but I think even he cannot comprehend the "leftwing paradise" that liberal punks want us to live in.

    America, much less even California, is not ready for that world. I think the country is watching Obama closely to see if he is going to turn out to be a Clintonesque Democrat or the kind of liberal that America will not tolerate.

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 15, 2009 7:48:36 PM


  10. I knew that there will be no democratic decision for this situation. I'm really sorry...

    Posted by: San Diego Hotels | May 12, 2009 3:42:11 AM


  11. America, much less even California, is not ready for that world. I think the country is watching Obama closely to see if he is going to turn out to be a Clintonesque Democrat or the kind of liberal that America will not tolerate.

    Posted by: penis büyütücü | Dec 14, 2010 5:57:55 AM


  12. I knew that there will be no democratic decision for this situation. I'm really sorry...

    Posted by: zayıflama hapı | Jan 3, 2011 11:45:18 AM


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