This is one of those six degrees of separation stories.
Bilerico alumni and good friend Linda Perdue was recently quoted in The Arizona Republic reacting to Arizona's new marriage amendment. Guest contributors Evan Wolfson and Barbara McCullough-Jones are also quoted. Wolfson is the Executive Director of Freedom to Marry while McCullough-Jones heads Equality Arizona.
Linda Perdue canceled a Colorado River rafting trip that she, her partner and another gay couple had planned for May.
Perdue, an Indianapolis resident, said her group was poised to spend $10,000 on the trip, but last week's vote brought an abrupt end to those plans.
"Why would we bring $10,000 to $12,000 into a state that thought that this (discrimination) is OK?" she asked. "It probably means we won't go to Florida for a long time, too."
Color me shocked to see Projectors disagreeing (civilly!) with each other...
McCullough-Jones said she understood the sentiments, but said that she didn't encourage the kind of tourism boycotts that made Arizona famous during the state's struggle to establish a holiday recognizing Martin Luther King Jr.
Instead, gays and lesbians should make some noise about their travel and tourism impact on Arizona so people realize their economic impact, she said.
But the best part is the e-mail sent to Linda and I yesterday morning. Since I had no idea Linda was quoted in the Arizona Republic, I thought, "WTF?!"
I read the azcentral article that mentioned that had the quote "Why would we bring $10,000 to $12,000 into a state that thought that this (discrimination) is OK?"
That's it. That's all they wrote. Did you understand? Yeah. We didn't either.
But the most telling comment came from the newspaper's comments - including this gem:
Linda Perdue - stay home. We don't want you or your money in our state. That was the message, and we're glad you got it. Now stop your whining.
Ah, Projectors. I'm so proud of all of you. Is there no trouble you won't get into? Can anyone else top being told to stay out of a state? Linda has set the bar pretty darn high now!