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Theater Director Forced Out Over Prop 8

BillK posted this from the Los Angeles Times:

Sacramento theater director resigns in Prop. 8 aftermath

By Mike Boehm

Scott Eckern, the Sacramento theater director whose political donation in support of California’s Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage turned into a lightning rod in the debate over gay rights, resigned Wednesday, saying he wanted to protect the California Musical Theatre, his artistic home since 1984, from further controversy.

Word of Eckern’s $1,000 donation — publicly reported under state elections law — spread rapidly on the Internet last week, and Eckern drew criticism from some prominent stage artists, including Tony Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman (”Hairspray”) and Jeff Whitty, the “Avenue Q” librettist.

“I am disappointed that my personal convictions have cost me the opportunity to do what I love the most,” Eckern, the nonprofit stage company’s artistic director since 2003, said in a written statement. By resigning, he said he hoped to “help the healing in the local theatergoing and creative community.”

As BillK says: Lest you forget how chilling this is, anyone not self-employed may now find themselves out of a job because of the blanks you have to fill out listing your position and your employer for almost any political donation.

So here’s how this game is played:

1) Left sees you have an employee that donated to the RNC (or towards support of say an anti-abortion or anti-union proposition)

2) Left calls for a boycott until said “right wing hate monger” is gone

3) “Right wing hate monger” becomes unemployed, and even if they sue for wrongful termination that will take years to go through the courts, will be hard to prove and generally will end up being cheaper for the company in question than the lost business in heavily left-wing areas like the coasts, and, increasingly, much of the rest of the country.

You know, not unlike what I’m sure local Democrats are already doing to “Joe the Plumber’s” employer.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 13th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Theater Director Forced Out Over Prop 8”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Discrimination is against the law but REVERSE DISCRIMINATION is OKY DOKY. Wow…only in America!! I remember it use to be the WILL of the PEOPLE…..Now its’s the willingness of the perverted few who run roughshod over the rest of us. THATS RIGHT ……GOD SAID ADAM & EVE NOT ADAM & STEVE!!! Personally I dont give a sh!t what you do behind closed doors with each other but your rights stop at the tip of my nose and ALL of my property!! I know why you don’t protest the Black and Latino Churchs and against those same people who voted against your vile lifestyle. When the drive-bys stopped…..you all wouldn’t have enought protesters left to do a presentation of “IT’S RAINING MENS”.

  2. 1sttofight says:

    Maybe folks should boycott the theater.

  3. oki2 says:

    It’s a shame he didn’t have the foresight to donate under an assumed, obviously false name, address, title, employer, etc. If he had, he wouldn’t be in this position today.

  4. platypus says:

    Well, if this catches on then we will have a lot more self-employed people.

    America’s strength is not in big business (most of which are panhandling right now) but in small business. More small business means a lot of benefits politically, most notably putting the voter closer to the tax policies of the country.

    In short, less Obambi voters – more conservative voters. It’s an open question whether we should support this idiocy because the long term result is favorable.

    It’s exciting to be a conservative – we see good things everywhere!

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Where is the line you stand in to become a “RICH” conservative? I am not rich by no means. As a matter of fact, I’m a UNEMPLOYED conservative but I’m not blaming the Liberals and bitchin’ about it in their face!! Things will get better….I survived the aftermath of hatred towards Vietnam Veterans and anyone who served during that era. I believe…….

  6. GuppyNblue says:

    “I am disappointed that my personal convictions have cost me the opportunity to do what I love the most,” Eckern, the nonprofit stage company’s artistic director since 2003, said in a written statement.

    Mr. Eckern was a coward and that’s what cost him opportunity. He also told those animals that they can win with intimidation.

    Basic Life 101: Living things swim upstream and the dead float down.
    Stand or fall.

  7. Anonymoose says:

    As I recall this whole thing with Proposition 8 began with judges deciding that gay marriage should be legal, trumping an even earlier proposition that defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. So now they’re protesting yet again because the majority overruled them again? When does it end?

    3) “Right wing hate monger” becomes unemployed…..

    I think we’re already at that point; too many people are afraid to speak their mind and be labeled racist/hate monger by the hysterical left, as they could end either unemployed or with a career at a dead end.

  8. DGA says:

    As I have said before, if you’re an employer, and have to trim the fat, make sure you know who the obama voters were, and can them first. Most of them are lazy and clueless, as if voting for obama didn’t define that in the first place anyway.

  9. curvyred says:

    They are currentlly calling for a boycott of a large hotel chain, they have also made an online blacklist, these people are terrible – have they lost their minds?

    What happened to live and let live, California voted, accept it and move on, why damage people’s reputation and business simply because they have religious believes?

    Most ironic of all, the website they have made has a picture of a tombstone with a concentration camp memorial, they also equate prop 8 with hate, I suppose they fail to see how hateful they are being themselves..

  10. IronFistVelvetGlove says:

    Bullseye! GuppyNblue hit the nail on the head. It’s time to stand up, talk back, defend yourself. Whimpering and caving-in doesn’t help the individual or the cause. Enough with the falling on your sword B.S. … “for the good of the theater” (or whatever). You hit me, I hit back harder.

  11. Consilience says:

    This is only the beginning. Look for more of this nonsense when the thug messiah takes office. These people are not fit to govern themselves—–even as their “thug messiah” “rules”. I’ll be surprised if we make it four years.

  12. pinandpuller says:

    Obama Christ…Superstar…Are you really who you say you are???

  13. DEZ says:

    Behold the left, unflinching in shoving a perversion down everyone else’s throat.
    They not only wish to circumvent the voters, they wish to change religious doctrine.
    ” We wanna have a church wedding, with the states blessing”
    Amazing how they suddenly forget the separation thing,
    But why bother reasoning with them, with them its always in one queer and out the other.

  14. Professor_Repulso says:

    “…aided and abetted by their stalwart defender, Governor Schwarzenfagger…”

  15. JohnMG says:

    DEZ; …..”But why bother reasoning with them, with them its always in one queer and out the other…..”

    Too funny, DEZ. But I overheard someone at the last gay wedding say that the two were made for each other. The names of the two were, Michael Fitzpatrick and Patrick Fitzmichael.

  16. angryredhen says:

    That’s funny….except that God didn’t give them their names…the parts God gave them weren’t made for each other at all….how obtuse do these people want the world to be in order to hide that?

  17. bill148 says:

    Just look at Zimbabwe after we built Rhodesia.

  18. BillK says:

    By the way, what I was suggesting would happen above is already happening:

    Hundreds of protesters converged on El Coyote on Beverly Boulevard on Wednesday night, and the picketing got so heated that LAPD officers in riot gear had to be called.

    All because Marjorie Christoffersen, a manager there and a daughter of El Coyote’s owner, had contributed $100 to the Yes on 8 campaign.

    Christoffersen, who is Mormon, met with protesters Wednesday and at one point broke down in tears, said Arnoldo Archila, another El Coyote manager. But the activists were not satisfied with her explanation and continued to post protests about her on the Web.

    She had a chance to make nice and blew it. I was almost feeling a tiny bit of sympathy for her. Not no more!!” wrote one blog poster, who also listed competing Mexican restaurants where diners should go instead of El Coyote.

    By Thursday, Christoffersen had left town, said Archila, who said El Coyote employees — some of whom are gay — were left staggered by the protests, including more than 50 calls a day criticizing the restaurant.

    We are all a family,” Archila said. “If this is going to affect the business, its going to affect them. There are people who have to feed children and pay mortgages.”

    I’ve posted a more complete entry about this here:


    Despite the criticism, activists say they plan to continue applying pressure. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the CEO or if it’s the hostess that greets you at El Coyote. It really makes no difference,” said Gerry Moylan, 47, a Los Angeles Realtor who planned a night of picketing in front of the restaurant Thursday.

    If I’m going to eat dinner at El Coyote and part of my money is going to pay the hostess’ pay and she turns around and uses her pay to promote a proposition that takes away my rights, then I’m going to stop paying my money to her.”

  19. paulswigert says:

    I am utterly amazed at the righteous indignation of these people. Only when things promote or serve their purpose are they satisfied. I mean they can not take no for an answer there is only one way to the solution of this problem and it seems to be the way they think. Screw what the majority of Californians said on this issue. If they want the state to recognize this abomination why don’t they relinquish their U.S. citizenship & find some super-liberal European country that will recognize their so-called marriage and they can live there happily ever after. Then they will be able to walk down the street “Out, Loud, Gay, & Proud”. Oh yeah they do that now, sorry!

  20. BillK says:

    paulswigert , no need to go to all that trouble.

    They can simply move to Massachusetts or Connecticut.

    In case you weren’t aware, from the Boston Globe:

    Wedding bells toll in Conn. for gay couples

    By Gregory B. Hladky

    They said their vows holding hands, standing before a memorial to the 1839 Amistad slave revolt. Carved in its base were the words: “Make Us Free.”

    Yesterday Peg Oliveira and Jennifer Vickery became the first couple to exercise their new freedom to wed under a court decision that makes Connecticut only the second state in the country to currently allow same-sex marriage.

    State Appellate Court Judge Herbert Gruendel, a longtime friend, conducted the ceremony outside New Haven City Hall as the couple’s 3-month old daughter, Willow, watched from a stroller.

    “I want to say thank you to Connecticut for letting us do this,” Vickery said, her voice trembling.

    Their wedding occurred just 90 minutes after a lower-court judge entered a formal decision to comply with the Oct. 10 state Supreme Court ruling that gay marriage was legal in Connecticut.

    The pronouncement came four years after eight plaintiff couples filed a suit arguing that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

    At the time, it appeared that Connecticut would become the third state in the nation to allow gay marriages. But after California’s approval of a gay marriage ban last week, that number decreased to two, with Connecticut joining only Massachusetts in granting gay couples equal marriage rights.

    This change in the political landscape made yesterday bittersweet for some couples in Connecticut, even as they rejoiced in their new rights.

    “We’re very sad,” said Stephen Davis, who, with his partner Jeffrey Busch, was one of the plaintiff couples who got their marriage license in New Haven yesterday. “It does somewhat diminish our joy.”

    But for most gay couples in Connecticut yesterday, the joy far outweighed their concerns about legal battles to come. Across the state, gay couples visited town or city clerks to apply for marriage licenses yesterday, although most appeared to be waiting to actually tie the knot.

    “In my lifetime, I’ve seen it go from ‘the love that dare not speak its name’ to today, when we have a love that can be declared on the steps of New Haven City Hall,” said Garret Stack, 59. …


    Once again via a decision by the courts, not the people.

  21. Consilience says:

    Moral equivalence gone mad. I’m afraid the outcome will be the same as Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible—for the behavior is frighteningly similar.

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