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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Yes on 8 Campaign Threatens Businesses in the Name of 'Traditional Marriage'

We've had a little bit of back and forth around Proposition 8 and Select Staffing's email to employees. Select Staffing even responded to the post.

Today I got a tip from a reader about a letter the Yes on 8 campaign is sending to businesses that have given a donation to the No on 8 campaign. Here's what one person who received the letter said:
“On October 20, 2008, I received a certified-mail letter for the Prop 8 campaign requesting I withdraw my support of Equality California (EQCA) and demanding that I donate the same amount of money that I donated to the NO on Prop 8 campaign,” said Jim Abbott, Managing Partner of Abbott & Associates/Abbott Realty Group of San Diego, Calif. “The Prop 8 letter was very threatening if I chose to continue to fully exercise my right to support the NO on Prop 8 campaign.” from the No on 8 Website

Read the letter and tell me if you think it sounds like extortion or is threatening...maybe because the "respectfully requested" it isn't?

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Anonymous wineguy said...

I understand Apple Computer has come through with a large donation in opposition to Prop 8. I hope everyone can see their way to voting against this attempt to legalize inequality.

10/25/2008 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Gettin Deeper said...

"Give us your money or else..." Hope Mr. Abbott records that follow-up call from those family folks that sent the letter. That's an interesting example they're setting for their children; "defending" family values with blackmail and threats. Pretty much the old ends justify the means card played by desperate people when reasoned arguments fall short.

10/25/2008 9:58 PM  
Blogger Reuven said...

The issue is now settled based on recent testimony from Our Lord Jesus Christ

10/26/2008 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Town Crier said...


10/27/2008 6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want equality too. I want to marry a man and a woman. Is that ok with everyone?

10/29/2008 1:53 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

I allowed this anonymous comment so that everyone can see what the No on 8 folks are dealing with...of course it's okay!

10/29/2008 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Joe the CEO said...

As a CEO of a business I would welcome that letter, and proudly display it for all my staff to see. I want my staff to know they work for a company (unlike Select) where they are free to be whomever they are, and marry whomever they want. It's none of their employer's or co-workers' business to know about those aspects of their personal lives.

This is just another distraction, a waste of time, that conservatives are using to get their "base" to the polls.

It's really sad to me that in 2008, when we are in the midst of a world financial crisis, we're still forced to divert energy and resources to discuss this, abortion rights, and all their related pablum.

10/30/2008 9:06 AM  
Anonymous peace.calm said...


Your statement of support for three party marriages(anonymous 10/29/08 1:53 pm) begs the question: If bigamy is OK, how do you define marriage? Is the whole concept a matter of shades of grey only defined by the involved individual(s)?

It is a black and white issue for me, and not about equality or depriving others of their "rights". Don't expect me to embrace your sense of morality, I am glad to return the favor. Its really about tolerance, a two way street, n'est pas? Those rights that are being decried as being withheld can be attained without redefining the concept of marriage. As you are probably aware, our system of laws and rights is based on a code of morality, not always crystal clear, but with a fundamental basis. No I am not a bible thumper or religious rights advocate, personal beliefs are just that.

It is an affront for anyone to tell me my moral compass needs adjusting because I believe marriage is only between a man and a woman. Equal rights is a given, but that's not what this is really about.

10/30/2008 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Eat The Rich said...

It is an affront for anyone to tell me my moral compass needs adjusting because I believe marriage is only between a man and a woman. Equal rights is a given, but that's not what this is really about.

No, it isn't. You are asking the state - which has NO BUSINESS "defining" how TWO grown adults spend their lives - to intersect and REDEFINE marriage as a union between a man and a woman. That definition was already clarified by the state supreme court.

The real issue is why to people like you feel the need to stick your nose in other people's business, while making LUDICROUS connections to bigamy and all other sorts of non-issues that have NOTHING TO DO with marriage - gay or otherwise.

It's really the most hateful and despicable proposition I've seen in a LONG time. Prop 8 supporters should be ashamed of themselves.

10/30/2008 7:21 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Ha! LOL! I read it as marriage between a man and woman not you marrying a man and woman :)

The only man and woman argument though is faith-based -- not the best way to make policy when not everyone believes in your faith, no? Is democracy the main factor or your faith?

10/30/2008 7:22 PM  

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