Today’s letter – boycotts are unfortunate fallout from intolerance

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

San Diego Hotelier Doug “Papa” Manchester contributed $125,000 to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign. His three properties have been boycotted by fair minded Californians since July of last year. Guests at the Grand Hyatt are greeted by protesters, and groups seeking a meeting place are successfully warned away. It has been quite effective.

Michael Stetz, a columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune, reported that Mr. Manchester is irate. He told his CFO “I am now really angry, and I consider this a personal attack on myself and my family.”

I can sympathize, but I have no sympathy. Papa Manchester spent $125,000 to attack me and my family. Now the shoe is on the other foot, right where it belongs.

Governor, this is the inevitable result of wedge politics. Whenever you deny people the ability to participate fully in our society and economy, everybody loses. Please support Harvey Milk Day and the Freedom to Marry, so our business can stay here in California where it belongs.

Sincerely,

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