Thursday, July 17, 2008

Boycotting Hate

We discussed this effort on the show last week: A boycott launched of two San Diego hotels owned by a man who has given tens of thousands of dollars to the campaign to pass the ballot measure in California to ban gays and lesbians from marriage. I'm glad to see it now getting some attention:

Fred Karger of Californians Against Hate, an organization he started to organize the boycott of Mr. Manchester’s two San Diego-area hotels, said his goal was to call attention to San Diego as a major source of money for supporters of Proposition 8 and to focus on Mr. Manchester as a formidable donor.

Manchester, owner of the Manchester Grand Hyatt and the Grand Del Mar Golf Resort, is arguing that it's a "free speech" issue and his supporters are saying he is being "bullied." But it's our choice to put our money where we'd like to and to withhold money those who don't deserve our money. The Times article curiously doesn't name the hotels or point out that one of the hotels is a Hyatt and that there is a lot of pressure on the chain as well because they claim to protect LGBT people through their own corporate policies.