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Monday, August 04, 2008

WIldmon Watch: Power Outage



Seems that Donald Wildmon, aka NoNeck, is really worried that the homophobic Prop 8 in California that would steal marriage rights away from same-sex couples might not pass.




Probably because he has good reason to.




For starters, there is the latest polling, showing that Proposition 8 is trailing by a small margin: 51% Yes, 43% no (the link to the poll can be found in this article).




Then there is the wording of the measure:




The formal wording, approved by Attorney General Jerry Brown, says that 8 "eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry," which it basically does.




The 'phobes don't like that wording because, outside of being accurate, pretty much exposes the bigotry of thier proponents. (http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/vig_11042008_public_display.htm)




And then, there is that $250,000 from Pacific Gas and Electric:




Giving a financial and public relations boost to gay marriage proponents,
PG&E announced today that it is giving $250,000 to the No on Proposition 8
campaign.



The utility also said it will spearhead the formation of a business
advisory council that will seek to get other businesses around California to to
defeat the ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution to define
marriage as only between a man and a woman.



"We are thrilled to partner with PG&E," Geoff Kors, executive director
of Equality California, said in a statement.



The donation from the utility, and the formation of the business council,
represents a shift from the last time that the question of gay marriage was on
the ballot, in 2000. Back then, many businesses stayed on the
sidelines.



Analysts said businesses may be more willing to get involved this time
because they have more gay and lesbian employees who are out and in positions of
power and because they believe the amendment could hurt business if passed, by
giving the impression that California is not friendly to gay and
lesbians.



The other side has received donations from business as well. Doug
Manchester, a major hotel owner in San Diego, has given tens of thousands of
dollars, for example. Those donations prompted gay and lesbian activists to call
for a boycott of the Hyatt hotels he owns in San Diego.Republican strategist
Allan Hoffenblum noted that PG&E probably doesn't have to worry about that.
They are, after all, a utility with a monopoly in many areas.



"I can't in outrage call PG&E and say, 'Cut off my gas," he
said.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-me-gaymarriage30-2008jul30,0,1153357.story




First off, I don't think I'll be visiting Papa Doug's Manchester Grand Hyatt or SD Marriott Hotel and Marina anytime soon.


Second, this is just a drip in a rather large bucket that sees the opponents of P8 gather over $8 million to stop this insanity. That includes $3000 that was quietly donated by Mary Chaney. THAT Mary Cheney.


They are panicking in Tupelo.


So after firing off $500k to the CA 'phobes pushing P8, I got this little missive from Bigot Central:




Dear Donald,
Families in northern and central California may wonder why their gas and electric rates are going up. Well, here is one reason for the increase: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has just donated $250,000 to help defeat Prop 8, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.


That's funny, I thought it was the high cost of oil....



It is wrong for public utility PG&E to take a political position against Proposition 8.


One wonders if he would have said the same thing if PG&E came our FOR P8....


PG&E announced that it will donate $250,000 to the "No on 8" campaign, and join with campaign reps and officials from the sponsoring homosexual group Equality California to create a business advisory council which will encourage state businesses to help defeat the ballot measure.


Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, says no public utility should be allowed to take such a position. "They provide power -- gas and electricity. They should not be taking positions against ballot measures," he emphasizes. "That's like a quasi-government agency taking positions against ballot measures, which is illegal."


Except it is NOT illegal, Randy.....you dufus. PG&E is a private company traded on the NYSE. It is NOT onwed by a city goverment. That means it is free to do with that money what they will.


Oh: one last thing. As for that threat that gays getting married would mean the end of marriage in general, do you know that Massachusetts, the other state that has legalized same-sex marriage, has the LOWEST d-i-v-o-r-c-e rate in the nation.


Do you know who has the highest?



  1. Nevada

  2. Arkansas

  3. Oklahoma

  4. Tennessee

  5. Wyoming

  6. Indiana

  7. Alabama

  8. Idaho

  9. New Mexico

  10. Florida

Source: http://www.divorcereform.org/94staterates.html


If you notice, most of these are red/conserbative/non-gay-friendly states.


So there, dawg.

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