Karen Ocamb

The Advocate: Prop 8 Plaintiffs Received Hate Messages During Trial

Filed By Karen Ocamb | April 04, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Andrew Harmon, federal Prop 8 trial, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, PROP. 8, The Advocate

Andrew Harmon at The Advocate just posted an important exclusive on how one of the couples in the Prop-8-Kris-Perry-in-WeHo.jpgfederal Prop. 8 trial - plaintiffs Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier - "were subjected to more than a dozen antigay voice mails during the 2010 trial from a man who was later convicted of making threatening telephone calls to Nancy Pelosi."

The first thing that comes to mind is how incredibly poised Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier were throughout the trial - which is even more amazing now knowing they were under such a vitriolic attack. Bravo to them!

The other thing - as Andrew points out in his report - is the hypocritical whining role the religious right tried to pull as if they were the "victims" of vicious gays. Mark Hefflinger did an excellent report for LGBT POV on this tactic in July 2010.

This is from Andrew's report:

The issue of harassment, however, was a focal point for Proposition 8 supporters -- at the Perry trial and during both the 2008 campaign to pass the California ballot initiative and the nationwide protests that ensued from marriage equality supporters.

"One lesson of the hostility surrounding support for Prop. 8 is that individuals and institutions that publicly defend marriage as the union of husband and wife risk intimidation, harassment, and reprisal -- at least some of it targeted and coordinated," Thomas M. Messner wrote in the 2009 report "The Price of Prop 8" for the Heritage Foundation. The types of the hostilities faced by Prop 8 supporters, he wrote, included "harassment, intimidation, vandalism ... at least one death threat, and gross expressions of anti-religious bigotry."

"Because the issue of marriage is still very much alive in California and throughout the nation, the naked animus manifested against people and groups that supported Prop 8 raises serious questions that should concern anyone interested in promoting civil society," Messner wrote.

Here's the creep's voicemails:

Crossposted at LGBT POV, photo by Karen Ocamb

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Pleasant character. Sounds like one my uncles.

I sure am glad his god doesn't actually exist.

BTW, if you haven't seen this. Betty Bowers (America's BEST Christian) explains what a bible based marriage is all about.


It's great that he's being punished for threatening Pelosi, but what about punishment for harassing these two women? Why are they worse less?