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Monday, September 22, 2008

Another Hollywood Icon Donates $100,000 to Defend Gay Marriage

posted by on September 22 at 18:47 PM

This time courtesy of Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw.

Their donation is the latest high-profile contribution to the campaign, as gay marriage advocates seek to narrow a gap in fund-raising. Brad Pitt donated $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign last week, in what was seen as a wakeup call to entertainment industry figures to pony up more money for the fight….

Spielberg and Capshaw said in a statement, “By writing discrimination into our state constitution, Proposition 8 seeks to eliminate the right of each and every citizen in our state to marry regardless of sexual orientation. Such discrimination has NO place in California’s constitution, or any other.”

Take that, Douglas Kmiec. More here. The latest “No on Prop 8” commercial…

Donate here. I gave today. Week after next I’m going to give Savage Love readers an opportunity—well, it’ll actually more like an order—to give too.

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The Hollywood Aristocracy uses gay people as a heat shield to protect them and their wealth.

Posted by John Bailo | September 22, 2008 6:58 PM

Huh??? What the F*CK does that mean?

"The Hollywood Aristocracy uses gay people as a heat shield to protect them and their wealth."

Please explain your reasoning....

Posted by Bernie | September 22, 2008 7:20 PM

Thanks for that Link Dan.

Spielberg's been a good friend. He publically quit his advisory position to the Boy Scouts, a group he was very supportive of for years, over their insistence on continuing the gay ban, and fighting for the right to do it.

I'd like to remind people that other states' have initiatives out too that need help, specifically Arizona. A couple of years ago an anti-marriage iniative was defeated, a rare and historic victory for us. This time it doesn't look so good, as the funding focus shifts (understandably) to California.

Posted by Steven Bradford | September 22, 2008 7:35 PM

I think it's vital that we support marriage equality. I would encourage folks to use the phrase "marriage equality" as opposed to "gay marriage" as there is no such thing.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | September 22, 2008 7:57 PM

I agree with #4 strongly.

However, taken to it's logical conclusion, marriage equality is still single discrimination...and also, alternative family discrimination.

The principle dispute is around money and health benefits. The issue is that a person has the opportunity to add people to his health care plan who are married or birthed by him or her. That is discriminatory in the sense that others may wish to add people to whom they are not married.

Imagine a system where a person simply has "slots" and can add up to some amount of people. Imagine if all things that are "marriage bound" also operate this way.

In my opinion the real crime is that a used as a social contract. In fact, it is one of the most onerous social contracts, second maybe to slavery...

Posted by John Bailo | September 22, 2008 8:11 PM

So, in the World of Bailo, the big threats are what--slavery, marriage, strip clubs which exploit men and Seattle women who won't put out? Who knew the sequel to "A Confederacy Of Dunces" would be acted out right under our noses.

Posted by Tiktok | September 22, 2008 9:01 PM

Why does that link auto-fill-in "Guilford Forbes" when I click on it? Who is that? His cell phone number is listed.

Posted by Ariel | September 22, 2008 9:13 PM

Was the donation page form created by someone supporting Prop 8?

Seriously, I'm fairly young and tech savvy and the form on the donation page was difficult for me to figure out. Please check it out.

When you go to make a donation, the name field has "Guilford Forbes" in it, and you can't remove it.

You can add your credit card info, but it won't allow you to enter the correct name for that credit card. And I would guess that the credit card number and the name will have to match in order to process the donation.

If you look hard enough, you can find a link to a new form. But this is certain to frustrate and turn away at least some donors.
They need to fix this, but i sent them an email hours ago and have yet to see the fix.

Sabotage? Or a silly joke gone terribly bad?

Hope they change it soon before it turns too many people away.

Posted by E Moran | September 22, 2008 9:36 PM

Oh God Dan, stop using the G word on the same page as Obamas name.

You are making all of the heterosexual SLOG readers nervous and gassy.

"Oh god...shhh....stop it....just wait....your day will come."

Poor heteros...its so hard for them to have to share the world with these uppity gays that want everything.

Posted by patrick | September 22, 2008 10:00 PM

Not a bad spot. But I would have loved to have seen an older, happily married straight couple WITHOUT a gay kid who just wanted to see everyone as happy as they are with their marriage, and their family. The whole "to-know-the-gays-is-to-love-the-gays" thing sometimes makes me tired.

You don't have to be related to a black person to want to see racial equality. You don't have to be a woman to want to see gender equity. Sometimes people want the right thing just because it's the right thing.

Or am I being too sensitive? It's entirely possible, as I'm a tad cranky this evening. I need to go to bed....

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | September 22, 2008 10:57 PM

#9. You're right. I think there are about 50 more important to me right now than gay marriage. I'm not going to piss all the other shit I care about away for one issue I care about. I know that it's hard for one-issue voters to understand.

Posted by Jay | September 23, 2008 1:23 AM

Who cares about gay marriage when you can watch a cool barn fire right here.

Posted by Pete Pyro | September 23, 2008 2:10 AM

and where is ellen's donation? or rosie's? or all of the actors who made millions from their gay roles? i'm talking to you jake.

Posted by um | September 23, 2008 7:12 AM

not to mention jodie foster and anderson and queen latifa and all the other closet cases.

Posted by um | September 23, 2008 7:13 AM

I can't wait for Lindsay Lohan to donate money towards the cause. She's openly gay now

Posted by Duke | September 23, 2008 8:44 AM

The gays have helped make these guys so rich...just think about it. The designers, the creatives who do the promotions/ads/niche market outreach...the trend setters and early adopters....the stylists and the makeup artists...

the list goes on and on. so it's good for them to be giving back

Posted by Non | September 23, 2008 9:02 AM

@15: Is Lindsay Lohan gay, or is she just dating a woman?

Posted by Greg | September 23, 2008 12:09 PM

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