Thursday, November 13, 2008

Man ousted from job for Yes on 8 support

Oh, this just makes me sick!

Remember Scott Eckern, whose job as artistic director of California Musical Theater was on the line for supporting Prop. 8?

Well, according to the Sacramento Bee, Eckern resigned yesterday:

More than 100 people gathered outside the Music Circus today to support Scott Eckern, the theater director who resigned amid controversy over his donation to
support the ban on same-sex marriage.

Carrying signs that read "You Made a Circus Out of Freedom" and "A Sad Day for Sacramento Theater," supporters from throughout the region showed up for the hastily arranged rally.

Many of those gathered say Eckern was treated unfairly.

"This is a witch-hunt," said Lance Christensen, who says he's a regular patron of the theater and took off work to show his support for Eckern. "This man has devoted 25 years of his life to theater in Sacramento."

Eckern resigned from his post as artistic director of the California Musical Theater this morning after harsh reaction to news he donated $1,000 to the campaign to support Proposition 8.

What a shame. It takes years and years of grueling work to attain artistic director status, especially at a major venue.

Again, what of "equality" and "tolerance"? As another blogger put it, this shows the No on 8'ers to be "heterophobic."

A true shame - and we have only seen the beginning, I think...

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