Boycotts related to California Proposition 8
A boycott against supporters of California Proposition 8 was started in July 2008 by a group called Californians Against Hate. Fred Karger, the leader of the boycott, initially launched the effort as a boycott of three hotels (two in San Diego and one in Idaho) owned by Douglas Manchester, a sizeable donor to the pro-8 forces. Karger told the New York Times, "Our main beef is the exhaustive amount of money he contributed with glee to take away this brand-new right and to write discrimination into the California Constitution for the very first time.",
When the boycott began, supporters of Proposition 8 said that it is intimidation of political opponents. Douglas Manchester, a lead spokesperson for the pro-8 campaign, said, "This really is a free-speech, First Amendment issue. While I respect everyone’s choice of partner, my Catholic faith and longtime affiliation with the Catholic Church leads me to believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman."
Publicizing donors over $5,000
One activity promoted by the boycott group is listing the names of all donors to Proposition 8 of over $5,000. These donors are listed on what the boycott group calls a "Dishonor Roll" on its website.
The "Call Terry Caster" effort
On July 30, boycott organizers expanded the scope of the boycott to include Terry Caster. Caster owns a self-storage company headquartered in San Diego that has 40 locations throughout California. Boycott organizers are asking opponents of Prop. 8 to "Call Terry Caster", asking him why he and his family members have contributed approximately $300,000 to the pro-8 campaign.
- Karger of Californians Against Hate said of the campaign, "We are curious as to why Mr. Caster saw fit to contribute so much money to this campaign of fear and hate. To find out, we are asking our millions of friends and supporters all over the United States to help us by calling Terry Caster and asking him why he and his family are so strongly against marriage equality."
- Karger added, "Mr. Caster and many of his eight sons and daughters and their spouses have given a combined total of $293,000 to the Protect Marriage campaign between January and July of 2008."
Agreement reached with Bolthouse Farms
In early September, the boycott movement started a "Don't Buy Bolthouse" campaign directed at Bolthouse Farms, a corporation that produces fresh-cut carrots, juices and smoothies. The boycott against Bolthouse was a reaction to the fact that William Bolthouse, Jr., had donated $100,000 to the Prop. 8 campaign.
Action in the boycott included demonstrations at stores carrying the Bolthouse line of jucies--a Ralph's grocery store on Sunset Boulevard and Whole Foods grocery stores at locations in New York City and Washington, D.C.
The anti-Bolthouse effort ended in early October when the CEO of Bolthouse persuaded the organizers of the boycott that donor William Bolthouse had sold his stake in the company in 2005 and when the company agreed to provide a "diversity program designed to support inclusiveness in its dealings with all stakeholders including the LGBT community."
- Californians Against Hate, main boycott website
- Californians against Hate Facebook group
- Boycott Manchester Hotels, a website sponsored by Californians Against Hate
- Call Terry Caster, a website sponsored by Californians Against Hate
- Californians Against Hate, website
- New York Times, "Donations to same-sex marriage foes brings boycott calls", July 17, 2008
- Californians against Hate dishonor roll
- Gay and Lesbian Times, "San Diego A-1 Self Storage Company owner targeted for donating to Prop. 8", July 31, 2008
- Los Angeles Times, "Californians Against Hate to end boycott against Bolthouse Farms in fight over gay marriage", October 9, 2008