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I don't normally post to LJ, but this has me so pissed, everyone needs to hear about it. From the NoOnProp8.com email I got:

If lies don't work, then maybe threats and blackmail will.

Yesterday, donors and supporters of Equality California began receiving threatening letters for their support of the statewide organizations efforts to protect LGBT youth and seniors from the "Yes on 8" campaign leadership. These letters threatened to "expose" the donors listed on Equality California's website if they don't donate to the "Yes on 8" campaign and refrain from supporting LGBT equality in the future.

The letter, sent on their campaign letterhead, was signed by four members of the group's executive committee and suggests our donors withdraw their support for their own good. It demands an equivalent donation or else:

"Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. You would leave us no other reasonable assumption. The names of any companies...that choose not to donate...to ProtectMarriage.com...will be published.

...We will contact you shortly to discuss your contribution."

It is signed by members of the Yes on 8 campaign executive committee:

  • Ron Prentice, campaign chairman
  • Edward Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference (the Official Voice of the Catholic Community in California)
  • Mark Jansson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Andrew Pugno, lawyer for ProtectMarriage.com

This outrageous attempt to raise money by using threats reveals their true agenda: permanently to harm the LGBT community, our organizations, our allies and our supporters.

I can think of no better endorsement for anyone than being publicly listed as refusing to give anything to these assholes. NoOnProp8.com/donate

September 2010

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