…Of course he did…he’s probably bff’s with Jerry Brown or something. Although backers of the California same-sex marriage ban say it puts more donors at risk of harassment or reprisals, the Judge didn’t seem to be all that concerned with the safety of Prop 8 donors. Just to name a few of the reasons donors’ privacy should have been protected, besides death threats and regular harassment, donors have also received:
Harassing e-mails, phone calls and post cards received by contributors to the California marriage amendment include “Burn in hell” and “If I had a gun I would have gunned you down along with each and every other supporter.”
After a one-hour hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. denied the request to keep private all donors who donated between $99 and $999 in the last two weeks before the election, clearing the way for the names of some 1,600 people to be made public on Monday. That means that my husband and I will be on this list. Fine by me. To quote my Dad and my husband as I’m telling them about this breaking news as I type this post:
Husband: “Bring it on”
Dad: “Bring it on, I got my concealed [weapons] carry permit”
“We are disappointed that we did not receive the preliminary injunction,” said Yes on 8 campaign manager Frank Schubert in a statement. “But this fight is really about how donors to a future campaign will be treated. We are committed to ensuring that supporters of traditional marriage can do so without fear of intimidation and harassment.”
Ron Prentice, chairman of ProtectMarriage.com, believes there is “systematic effort” to seek out Proposition 8 donors and harass them.
The latest example of published names being used to expose Prop 8 donors is the H8 map.
“The message of this harassment is unmistakable – ‘support traditional marriage and we will find you,'” said Prentice.