The New York Times is looking at the “double-edged sword” of campaign donation disclosure laws. That debate is a worthy one, touching on questions of transparency, privacy and personal safety. Unfortunately, to make a case for the potential safety concerns, they unquestioningly accept the “Evil Gays” meme promoted by the Yes on 8 campaign. It insinuates that the opponents of California Prop 8 are the menace to be feared. Prop 8 was the measure that stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry.
FOR the backers of Proposition 8, the state ballot measure to stop single-sex couples from marrying in California, victory has been soured by the ugly specter of intimidation.
A Web site takes names and ZIP codes of donors supporting the measure and overlays data on a map.
Some donors to groups supporting the measure have received death threats and envelopes containing a powdery white substance, and their businesses have been boycotted.
The targets of this harassment blame a controversial and provocative Web site, eightmaps.com.
This is a terribly shoddy job by the NYT. It is never appropriate to buy in to the “Gayz R Eevil” drone of the GOP/haters. And it’s just plain pathetic that the journalist failed to do his homework.
Cross-posted at Blue Mass Group.