For those paying attention to United States politics, the major thing going on is the 2008 United States Presidential Elections between Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and GOP nominee Senator John McCain of Arizona. For those that keep up with politics and California and events that affect the LGBT community, there is the heated Proposition 8 campaign.
Should Proposition 8 pass on Election Day, a ban on same-sex marriage will be in place for the California State Constitution. It was back in June that same-sex marriages were legalized. But, there are plenty of people that are not happy about it.
Interestingly enough, Proposition 8 has been one of the most heated campaigns. Proponents and opponents of Proposition 8 have poured in millions of dollars respectfully.
As a result, Proposition 8 is one of the costliest campaigns. So far, there have been businesses that have pledged money against Proposition 8. Apple Inc. known for the iMac, the iPod, and the iPhone, is one of the latest companies to pledge money to fight against Proposition 8.
So far, it seems that supporters of Proposition 8 have taken upon themselves to threaten businesses that give their opposition. One such business leader to receive such a letter is Jim Abbot of Abbot & Associates.
According to Abbot, he received a letter on October 20, from the Proposition 8 campaign. Abbot explains that it was a certified letter from the Proposition 8 campaign. According to the letter presented, the campaign requested that Abbot withdraw his support to Equality California.
Also, the letter demanded that Abbot donate the same amount of money to the Proposition 8 campaign that he donated to the campaign against Proposition 8. So far, the letter seemed to only anger Abbot.
“This type of outrageous scare tactic from Prop 8 is intolerable. As a business owner, practicing Catholic, and civic leader who has served on the EQCA board for nearly three years, I believe in equality and rights for all…especially for my employees, 25 percent of whom are LGBT.”
So far, the letter looks to be certified. It can be read online via the PDF format .
In the beginning of the letter, the Proposition 8 Campaign writes that it represents the 61 percent of California voters that opposed same-sex marriage back in 2000.
While 61 percent may have opposed same-sex marriage back then, this is no longer the year 2000. This is now the year of 2008.
At the end of the letter the following names are present:
Ron Prentice, the campaign chairman of Yes on Prop 8.
Edward Dolejsi, the executive director of the California Catholic Conference.
Mark A. Jansson, the executive committee member.
Andrew Pugno, the general counsel.
On an interesting note, the letter revealed that AT&T has donated at least $250K and Comcast has donated at least $50K to fight against Proposition 8.
So far, the letter seems to look legit.
Finally, one should ask this question: How many other businesses have received this letter?