It is expected that discrimination, harassment and intimidation will continue after a federal judge denied a request to keep private the names of donors to the cause. The judge's ruling upheld California's campaign finance law, which specifies that information on political campaign donations be made public.
Douglas McDermott, president of McDermott Financial and Insurance in Sacramento, donated $15,000 to the Prop. 8 campaign in September. While his business hasn't been targeted, McDermott said some angry callers have left threatening messages. "You get telephone calls, you get threats," McDermott told FOXNews.com. "Ask anyone — If you've donated, your name is published everywhere, all over California. That's what's happening."
Another donor, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, said employees at his California real estate development and investment company received an anonymous e-mail in October outing him as someone who gave $30,000 to support Proposition 8. "Did you know you work for a judgmental bigot? I know I could not work for someone who encourages bigotry and hate," the e-mail read. "Something like that isn't the nicest thing to get when you come into the office on a Monday," the executive told FOXNews.com. "Another fellow left a message on my voicemail saying, 'What goes around comes around, and now you're going to experience the comes around part. Have fun.'
Both men said they're worried that the harassment will continue in the wake of Thursday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Morrison England. Attorneys for the Prop 8 campaign have indicated they plan to appeal. An official for the Yes on 8 campaign has said another 1,600 donors will be put at risk with the release of the reports on Monday.
Brian Brown, executive director for the National Organization for Marriage California, said stopping the disclosure of smaller donors is the group's "main concern." The names of major donors already have been disclosed on the secretary of state's Web site. "I am worried that more threats and intimidation is going to occur because of [the judge's] decision," Brown said. "But this isn't the end of the line." Brown said he's particularly troubled by a Web site that shows a map of donors, how much they donated and when.
These are things that should not happen in a democracy. People should not be harassed for their beliefs about marriage. People shouldn't have to choose between their safety and supporting what they believe in.