Prop 8 briefs: Protesters greet guests at Yes on 8 fundraiser
compiled by Seth Hemmelgarn
About two-dozen protesters held up signs and greeted at least 150 guests arriving at San Diego attorney Charles LiMandri's Rancho Santa Fe home Saturday, August 16 for a $100-a-head pro-Prop 8 fundraiser.
According to a flier from the San Diego County Republican Party, guests were to include congressional candidates Duncan D. Hunter and Michael Crimmins.
According to Californians Against Hate, a grassroots group that has held several direct actions in Southern California, protesters greeted guests at the front gate and handed them copies of a fact sheet entitled, "What Real Republican Leaders Past and Present Said on Civil Rights and Campaigns Against Gays and Lesbians."
The flier included comments from San Diego Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders, who famously came out in support of same-sex marriage during a tearful news conference last fall where he spoke about his lesbian daughter.
LiMandri, who has contributed $10,000 to support the proposed anti-gay marriage initiative, said the protesters acted peaceably, but he's received negative e-mails because of his support of Prop 8.
One person wrote LiMandri, "How do I hire an attorney to represent me against bigots who want to rip away my civil rights? Oh, never mind, you are one who is doing just that." The person also told LiMandri "people who tolerate hate and injustice become Nazis."
And Marriage for All to hold panel, parties
For the African American community, the subject of same-sex marriage can be difficult. Although recent polls show the majority of Californians' support marriage equality, African Americans tend to be less supportive of the idea in general.
Tonight (Thursday, August 21) from 6 to 8 p.m., the public education group And Marriage For All will kick off its campaign to reach out to African American communities throughout Northern California by hosting a panel discussion on the right to marry for same-sex couples.
The panel will include African American clergy, community leaders, elected officials, and legal advocates.
"If you believe the majority of media portraits, you'd think that same-sex marriage is primarily an issue for middle to upper-middle-class gay white folks" Andrea Shorter, And Marriage for All's campaign director, said in a statement. "The absence of diverse images and voices talking about this most fundamental right can make some people wrongly believe that the freedom to marry doesn't concern the African American community. Of course, that couldn't be further from the truth."
The panel will be held at First Congregational Church of Oakland at 2501 Harrison Street.
And Marriage for All will also host simultaneous "watch parties" on Thursday, August 28 in San Francisco and Sacramento to celebrate and view the Democratic National Convention. Senator Barack Obama officially will become the first black candidate to claim a major party's nomination for president. Obama is opposed to same-sex marriage.
The San Francisco party will be at Jillian's at Metreon, 101 Mission Street. The Sacramento event will be at Lounge on 20, 1050 20th Street, Suite 100. Doors for both parties open at 5:30 p.m.
For more information about these events, please contact Shorter at (415) 786-7779.