Is The Manchester Hyatt Hotelier Crying Uncle?
Update: Californians Aganist Hate responded with a press to news in the San Diego Union Tribune article linked to in this diary. Images to the press release, linked to a PDF of the press release, are below the fold.
Oh, I can’t wait until Peter LaBarbera and Matt “Bam-Bam” Barber get a hold of this story.
From the San Diego Union Tribune‘s Boycotted hotelier woos gays, regarding how hotelier Doug Manchester is now responding to the boycott:
Manchester brushed [the boycott] off at first, but he seems to feel otherwise now:
His plan – which his people warned this newspaper against publishing, even after a Hyatt representative discussed it – is to give $25,000 to a national organization that promotes civil unions and domestic partnerships.
Manchester also is considering offering $100,000 in hotel credit to local gay and lesbian organizations so they can use the Grand Hyatt for events such as fundraisers.
The $125,000 total matches what he gave to Proposition 8. So it would be even-steven
(I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally recommend reading this who article — it even contains a warning to the U-T reporter from the Doug Manchester camp about not publishing on this possible balancing action by Mr. Manchester.)
My guess is that if the California Supreme Court affirms Prop 8 and marriage inequality is affirmed, there will be a new proposition in 2010. And if there’s a new proposition to repeal Prop 8, the financial retribution people like Doug Manchester’s experienced is going to put a damper on donations to any No On Prop ___ Campaign arising against a proposition repeal Prop 8.
Strike this one up to Lessons Learned about LGBT people’s pink dollar buying habits — we reward companies that support LGBT civil rights and LGBT equality by spending our money on their products and services, and withhold pink dollars from companies that actively work against LGBT civil rights and LGBT equality.
Hear that, Walmart, on your donation to an organization that’s fighting to block adoptions by gay couples?
* The Economic Learning Curve For Businesspeople Who Supported Prop 8
* Proposition 8 fallout – Stop whining and stand behind your donations
* El Coyote owner attempts to justify Yes on 8 contribution
* More Learning Curve On Donations To Yes On Prop 8
* El Coyote manager steps down over Prop 8