A federal judge Thursday denied a request by Proposition 8 supporters to withhold disclosing any more names and addresses of donors who supported the campaign for the state's ban on same-sex marriage.Part of their fear is that they'll end up on the Prop 8 donor map.
Yes on 8 campaign officials had challenged the constitutionality of the state's Political Reform Act, saying that people who gave money were being harassed and that some received death threats.
A judge disagreed, clearing the way for the donors who made contributions in the last two weeks before the election to be made public Monday, the next filing date
As my mother would say, if you don't want people to know you did something, that's a clue that maybe you shouldn't have done it.
Of course, the lists for donations AGAINST prop 8 are just as public. But the opponents of Prop8 aren't clamoring to hide them. We aren't ashamed of supporting equality.
Indeed, the Pro-Prop8 folks led the way on threats against political opponents. As reported in the SF Chronicle back in October,
Leaders of the campaign to outlaw same-sex marriage in California are warning businesses that have given money to the state's largest gay rights group they will be publicly identified as opponents of traditional unions unless they contribute to the gay marriage ban, too.The letters were signed by the campaign chairman, the executive director of the California Catholic Conference, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and the lawyer for the Yes-on-8 campaign.
..."Make a donation of a like amount to ProtectMarriage.com which will help us correct this error," reads the letter. "Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. ...
The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published."
The recipients of those letters didn't yield. Instead, they published them. They weren't ashamed of supporting equality, so the attempt to blackmail them fizzled.
So, as the Pro-8 folks complain that we know who they are, they should reflect on that other old saying of Mom's... "Do unto others, as you would have others do unto you".
Cross-posted at Kos, TPM, and Street Prophets