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The recent controversy over Brendan Eich, the Mozilla CEO who donated to California's Prop 8, has reopened some old discussions and prompted's Jean-Luc "Neshoba" Pierite to do some digging into that donor list and see who else in the tech and entertainment industries contributed to the fight against marriage equality.

Aided by a database tool provided online by the LA Times, Pierite profiled almost a dozen individuals from various sectors of the entertainment and tech industry. Some of the offenders include:

  • Jeremy Gess, former Sr. Game Designer for Defiance at Trion Worlds, who donated $100
  • Hyrum V. Osmond, Character Animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation and worked on Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, who donated $2200
  • Aldric La'auli Porter, Assistant Director and Co-Producer for various films including The Hunger Games series and A Beautiful Mind, who donated $6000
  • Keneth Swanson, creator of JavaScript and engineer at Oracle/Sun Microsystems, who donated $8901 as well as $2000 for Family Research Council Action PAC

You can read the full list at and use the LA Times database tool to search for other donors who wasted their money to fight against equality.

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  1. This is a ridiculous exercise. The issue with Eich was a combination of factors, including his CEO status (which meant that his personal views affected the direction and operation of the company more so than other positions) and the fact that his donation was to a specific issue (taking human rights away from LGBT people) rather than to a candidate or party. Those things, coupled with Eich's refusal to discuss his current opinions on LGBT human rights issues, resulted in a situation that made Eich's continued tenure at Mozilla impossible. The market spoke, and Eich was out.

    The rest of these people are in a very different position of influence than Eich was. Their personal views would not have a significant impact on the organization one way or another. Their donations deserve social opprobrium, but not much else.

    We told the bigots that they'd regret these donations and be ashamed of them one day. It's not like they weren't warned.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Apr 9, 2014 9:47:46 AM

  2. Before anyone hints that this is a witch hunt the better view, it seems to me, is that if a person donates to a cause which seeks to deny a class of citizens of equality of rights, then that person needs to account for his/her anti-democratic bias.

    Just like the Catholic church must be held accountable for its medieval classification of gays as "intrinsically defective".

    Accountability, truth, exposure of double standards.......let's nail this issue of alleged
    bullying once and for all.
    It is only a diversionary tactic by the supporters of a bigot's view of democracy.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 9, 2014 9:54:34 AM

  3. what are their opinions of prop 8? do they now support marriage equality? how many have been selected as ceo?

    too many unanswered questions to make anything out of this info.

    Posted by: northalabama | Apr 9, 2014 10:01:12 AM

  4. Go to the link. Gay face galore.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Apr 9, 2014 10:02:39 AM

  5. lol....what do you expect. Read the profiles...most have attended or have connections to Brigham-Young University.

    Posted by: John | Apr 9, 2014 10:03:01 AM

  6. There's a big difference betwn Eich & these donations. However, I do enjoy that there's a likelihood that they will have to defend their actions in the present day.

    Not a witch hunt, or an infringement on their speech, but still, an accountability. It was a really awful moment in CA history & not that long ago.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Apr 9, 2014 10:06:02 AM

  7. OK, this is officially a witch hunt now.

    We've won; let's not gloat by having these people blacklisted from ever working again for donating relatively small amounts of money to the Prop 8 campaign (which, by the way, was overturned if you hadn't noticed). You hate it how Christians are ranting about being "persecuted" now? Wait til more of these witch hunts are carried out and they might actually have something to complain about.

    We're riding an amazing groundswell of support right now from people of all backgrounds, who might not have been our friends just 5 years ago. Eyes on the prize, people!

    Posted by: John M | Apr 9, 2014 10:07:19 AM

  8. Makes sense that they're all Mormons-blind followers of the cult

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Apr 9, 2014 10:15:23 AM

  9. So basically if you hate gay people and work in the tech industry in Silicon Valley, you either went to BYU or helped invent Javascript. As if we really needed another reason to hate Javascript...

    Posted by: Jason Young | Apr 9, 2014 10:15:28 AM

  10. @JOHN M:
    No, you're wrong.
    Those who supported segregation were named.
    Let those who supported unequal rights be named.

    It's a matter of justice equality parity of esteem.
    I don't want to see the Hydra head cut off in Prop 8 supporters just to allow these gorgons grow new ones.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 9, 2014 10:15:31 AM

  11. i didn't realize how little i care.

    Posted by: Jason | Apr 9, 2014 10:17:03 AM

  12. I think that this is really important information. These are people who literally contributed to the stalling of our fight for equality. You do something terrible like that, people WILL find out and it WILL come back to bite you in the ass. They deserve the backlash and should have to answer for their actions.

    Posted by: Cake | Apr 9, 2014 10:26:45 AM

  13. We are winning the fight for marriage equality.
    It does us no good as a community to be vindictive toward toward the people we are beating, especially since the people on this list are not public officials and have broken no laws.
    This is indeed a witch hunt and should not be mistaken for progress.
    We are all better off looking forward.

    Posted by: Abie | Apr 9, 2014 10:32:56 AM

  14. Couldn't agree with you more Abie.

    Posted by: Keith | Apr 9, 2014 10:35:30 AM

  15. Wow, alot of self-loathing homosexuals on here. 'Tis a shame. These hateful individuals have donated cash specifically and intentionally to strip you of your rights and you want to give them a pass? Disgusting. Grow a pair.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Apr 9, 2014 10:50:25 AM

  16. Hyrum V. Osmond's Facebook page:

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Apr 9, 2014 10:56:22 AM

  17. Mostly Brigham Young grads. That can't be a coincidence.

    Did the alumni board threaten you'd get thrown out unless you donated?

    I wouldn't be surprised.

    Posted by: Leo | Apr 9, 2014 10:57:24 AM

  18. @JACKFKNTWIST (aka Straw-man extraordinaire)

    If that's how you view the world, I feel very sorry for anyone who associates with you. How is one supposed to confront family who aren't supportive of same-sex marriage or who vote for conservatives? Tell their gay bosses they're homophobes and have them fired too? We're all part of the same human family, like it or not. By being vindictive and spiteful, we're not advancing social justice... we're just perpetuating the hate machine.

    Posted by: John M | Apr 9, 2014 11:06:46 AM

  19. If this was a list of KKK members, we'd be calling for their public execution. If this was a list of people who had donated money to take away the rights of Jewish people to own property, we wouldn't have having this polite debate about witch hunts.

    But they donated money to remove rights from gay families in California. They deserve to be the targets because they target me. And I'm just fine with them having to go to work and face the people there.

    Posted by: Jasun Mark | Apr 9, 2014 11:09:05 AM

  20. And yes, I am a concern troll.

    Posted by: JOHN M | Apr 9, 2014 11:09:40 AM

  21. MARCUS BACHMANN - EXACTLY. What's to stop them from doing it again? Vanquish the evil, I say.

    Posted by: Cake | Apr 9, 2014 11:10:43 AM

  22. Let's tell our gay friends in Texas, in Florida, in Nevada, in all states where Marriage Equality is not the law, that we've given up the fight and we're very sorry if you are never able to marry. As long as h8rs and bigots are allowed to spend billions to enshrine their misguided "Xtiaanist" principles into law, the fight continues; NO ONE gets a "free pass!"

    Posted by: DamFine | Apr 9, 2014 11:24:45 AM

  23. I live in Arizona. After the 2008 anti-gay marriage amendment vote, the spokesman for the Mesa Mormon Temple claimed that Mormons were not the leaders in donating to the anti-gay side. Thankfully, campaign disclosure laws made their donations visible. In Mesa, 739 people donated to the anti-gay side and 4 (yes, 4) donated to the pro-gay side. The spokesman donated $10,000 himself.

    Exposing these people is essential. The more people exposed, the less likely they will continue to donate to these anti-gay causes. This is why NOM still refuses to release its donor lists, despite numerous court cases requiring them to do so.

    I could care less if people think this is a "witch hunt." I lived through the ads suggesting gay people were going after straight peoples' kids.

    Posted by: homer | Apr 9, 2014 11:30:11 AM

  24. @JACKFKNTWIST: The Catholic Church considers us an "intrinsic moral evil" not "intrinsically defective".

    And I say, expose, expose expose. Shame those reprobates for their moneyed support of Prop 8 and the despicable, reprehensible people who promoted it.

    There will be no more letting the homophobes hide.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 9, 2014 11:41:42 AM

  25. @ John M - I rather like it when their primary talking point is about being 'persecuted' because the more they whine the sillier they appear. They become the caricature street-preacher-off-his-meds type shouting at strangers with absurd antique terms like 'harlot', 'pit of hell', 'whore of Babylon' and such. The mainstream just laughs at them and assumes the non-crazy other side (that's us) must be reasonable, and polls show that those who care enough to have an opinion about the equality argument tend to side with us.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Apr 9, 2014 11:51:34 AM

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