James HartlineHe says it’s a boycott.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that ex-gay/former homosexual/alleged mouthpiece of God James Hartline is planning to organize his thousands of followers into not tip employees of the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

The story here is perhaps a little complex, as it’s a story of two competing boycotts, so we need to back up a bit and fill in some of the backstory details.

Well, Doug Manchester is a large shareholder of the Manchester Grand Hyatt; a hotel which carries his family name.  Mr. Manchester contributed $125,000 to support passage of Proposition 8 — also known as the California Marriage Protection Act. Proposition 8 is the ballot measure that would undo the California Supreme Courts’ marriage equality ruling.

LGBT civil rights activists and union leaders have organized a boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt because of the $125,000 donation. The Unite Here Local 30 is supporting the boycott; Unite Here Local 30 turns out to be the local that represents workers at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Fred Karger, Public Relations Chair and founding President of Californians Against Hate organized a news conference about the LGBT boycott of the hotel. From a Union-Tribune article entitled Gay-rights supporters to boycott Manchester Grand Hyatt:

Fred Karger, who is helping to organize the boycott and is running an organization opposed to Proposition 8, said he is also urging the public to boycott Manchester’s other hotel, the Grand Del Mar.

“This is someone who is giving an exorbitant amount of money to write discrimination into the constitution for the very first time,” he said.

Karger said he hopes the boycott will send a message to other potential contributors to the Proposition 8 campaign.

“Our goal is to create a business loss for people who contribute,” he said. “We want to make it a little uncomfortable.”

From the Californians Against Hate website:

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As gay and lesbian couples express their love and commitment through weddings, an extremely well funded campaign has placed an initiative constitutional amendment on the November 4th ballot to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.  They spent millions to qualify this amendment, and have vowed to raise in excess of $20 million to remove marriage equality in California.

Much of the money to qualify the initiative constitutional amendment came from within our own San Diego County.  We feel that if these individuals, businesses, and organizations so adamantly desire to take away our right to marry, then the LGBT community, our families and our friends should fight back against these purveyors of hate.

Therefore, we will wage a campaign to disseminate the truth about who funded the qualification of the initiative and who is funding the campaign itself.  We propose to take action against the businesses of those who fund the effort to harm us.  We will identify these individuals and companies on this web site as soon as their names become available to us.  We will broadcast the information all over the country to make sure that our friends and allies throughout the United States know the identity of those who have contributed vast sums of money to oppose our freedom to marry.

Californians Against Hate is organized as a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.  It is completely independent and not affiliated with Equality for All, which is the official campaign committee opposing the amendment in November.  Our funding will come from individuals who believe that the truth should be known about those funding the campaign of hate.

Okay, back to Unite Here Local 30 is supporting the boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt because of the $125,000 donation…

In response to this boycott by LGBT people and union local that represents Manchester Grand Hyatt’s hotel workers, James Hartline is now planning to use his 20,000 circulation newsletter, the California Christian News, to attempt a tip boycott of hotel workers. From the Union-Tribune‘s Conservative Christians launch a tip boycott:

“Since you have decided to make your line of work a political issue in opposition to our views on homosexuality and marriage than we can no longer support giving your workers extra money,” wrote Hartline, who supports the ban, in an e-mail to the president of Unite Here Local 30.

“We are much bigger than you and will follow through with this stand,” Hartline wrote.

Okay then. Time to watch the competing boycotts to see which one has more effect on business. Oh…

In April, once Manchester’s contribution became widely known, two gay rights organizations, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and PlanetOut Inc., moved events they had scheduled at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

I guess we know which boycott is already starting out with more significant financial consequences.


Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen