Consider this the teaser for my annual "What's on the Ballot" feature. Proposition 8 is an attempt to have the State Constitution amended to say that marriage is only between a man and woman. It has been a pretty brutal campaign with tons of out of state money coming in on both sides. Most of the pro Prop 8 funding has come from big churches and the Mormons. A surprising amount of the No on 8 money has come from businesses, which I find fascinating. Gay marriage has reached a point that Comcast, PG&E and Time Warner will support it.
So, what do the religious nuts behind 8 do? Organize a boycott? Protest? Nope, they send a bizarre quasi-extortionist letter to any company supporting gay marriage. The letter demands that the company make an equal donation to their campaign or "The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published." Hmm. Weren't they just published in this article?
I'm not sure I've ever seen a campaign demand reciprocal donations from their opponents donors, or else. It's a weird move. Even funnier, because (despite claiming that the letter would only be sent to large corporate donors) the letter ended up going to every business that has donated.
I think this could lead to a new era in politics. Instead of needing any donors myself, I will run for office by demanding that my opponents supporters support me as well. Or else!
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