#1 Director Forced Out of Job After Supporting Ban On Marriage.11-13-2008, 12:10 PMSacramento theater director resigns in Prop. 8 aftermath
November 13, 2008
More Prop. 8 fallout
Scott Eckern, the Sacramento theater director whose political donation in support of California's Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage turned into a lightning rod in the debate over gay rights, resigned Wednesday, saying he wanted to protect the California Musical Theatre, his artistic home since 1984, from further controversy.
Word of Eckern's $1,000 donation -- publicly reported under state elections law -- spread rapidly on the Internet last week, and Eckern drew criticism from some prominent stage artists, including Tony Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman ("Hairspray") and Jeff Whitty, the "Avenue Q" librettist.
"I am disappointed that my personal convictions have cost me the opportunity to do what I love the most," Eckern, the nonprofit stage company's artistic director since 2003, said in a written statement. By resigning, he said he hoped to "help the healing in the local theatergoing and creative community."
-- Mike Boehm
11-13-2008, 12:25 PM
Is this a privately owned theater, or a "civic theater". If it's the latter, it receives state or city funding and they can't fire this guy for donating money to a cause they don't like.
I'm not sure a private employer who did that would be able to defend his position in a civil court, unless he has other reasons for the firing.
11-13-2008, 12:58 PM“I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”
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11-13-2008, 01:15 PM
This is why I don't discuss politics at work. It's not worth the hassle and it really isn't anyone's business.2009 CU Pro Football Pick'em Champ
11-13-2008, 01:50 PM
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They are in the forced acceptance mode of their disgusting lifestyle now and will make many more enemy's with these kinds of actions.Maybe the decent people America will finally wake up and notice what's going on in America ?
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11-13-2008, 09:40 PM
More is happening with this story. The director is LDS but he was the target of an email hate fest. It's even worse than than reported earlier.
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