Capitol Hill tenants are organizing a joint marriage-equality fundraiser on September 22 in their apartment buildings after discovering that their landlord recently made a large donation to Preserve Marriage Washington, the campaign opposing marriage equality on the fall ballot.
And they need help.
“We've got parties confirmed at the Granada and the New McDermott, and right now we're looking for hosts in the other buildings,” says Dane Boog, a tenant of the New McDermott Apartments. Boog and others are holding a a planning meeting for their so-called Party to Out-Raise Breier-Scheetz
This Thursday, September 13 at 6:00pm at Arabica Café (1550 E Olive Way).
Anyone interested in helping organize a pro-gay-marriage party in their building is welcome to attend.
As I reported last Friday, records from the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission show that on August 24, Breier-Scheetz Properties, LLC, made a $20,000 contribution to Preserve Marriage Washington—one week after allegedly trying to prevent two tenants from hosting a pro-gay-marriage fundraiser in the courtyard of one of its apartment buildings. (The property company only allowed the gay-marriage fundraiser to take place after tenants threatened legal action.) That makes the company the fourth largest donor to the campaign attempting to reject Referendum 74, thereby blocking a state law to legalize same-sex marriages in Washington state.
And according to King County property records, Breier-Scheetz Properties, LLC, owns nine residential buildings on gay-friendly Capitol Hill:
The Hillsborough Condominiums, Lenawee Apartments, Terrace Crest Apartments, The New McDermott Apartments, Mission Inn Apartments, The Granada Apartments, Corinthian Apartments, the Pine Apartments, and a duplex on Howell Street located at 604 E Howell St.
Granada Apartments resident Ben Allen says tenants hope to send their building owner a message: "Don’t come into our community, take our money, and use it against us,” says Ben Allen, a Granada Apartments resident. Or donate directly to Washington United for Marriage.