Proponents of same-sex marriage are calling for a boycott of two prominent San Diego hotels because their owner, Doug Manchester, contributed more than $100,000 to the campaign for Proposition 8, the ballot measure that would amend the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
Although they expressed outrage about the boycott and a rally planned for Friday, opponents of gay marriage also immediately began using it in their fundraising appeals.
On Tuesday, they sent a blast e-mail saying they had raised $100,000 in the 24 hours after the boycott was announced. "Gay marriage advocates and their union allies have just launched a campaign of intimidation against Doug Manchester and are trying to shut down his business," read the e-mail from Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage. "Would you give a generous gift of $50, $100 or even $500 right now?"
Manchester, San Diego's most prominent hotelier, who goes by the moniker "Papa," donated $125,000 to pay for signature gatherers to get the measure on the ballot. He could not be reached for comment.