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First, El Coyote Cafe. Next, El Pollo Loco (owned by the WKS Restaurant Group)

If people are getting in an uproar over a $100 donation made by the co-owner of El Coyote, well then here’s the next target for gay marriage supporters. 

Roland Spongberg of Long Beach, CA is the President of WKS Restaurant Group, which runs many El Pollo Loco locations throughout Southern California.  Roland gave $6,000 to the YES ON 8 campaign on 8/21/08.  

Faith at http://soqueer.blogspot.com did all the legwork to find out where all these locations were, including a WKS-owned Denny’s in Fontana. (WKS has been hiring for a Corner Bakery location in Arizona, but evidently no Corner Bakeries in California are WKS-owned.) WKS also runs the El Pollo Locos on-campus at CSULA and CSULB.

I’ll admit it.  I’m generally a fan of El Pollo Loco.  

But chicken marinaded in anti-gay sentiment and flame-broiled over hate doesn’t sit well with me.  

So farewell to this and all the other WKS-owned EPLs.  

Photo by j3ku, used under Creative Commons.

You can find the list of El Pollo Loco locations run by WKS Restaurant Group compiled by Faith after the jump.
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Saturday 11/15 biggest protest ever on Prop 8

The protest is going National Saturday with LA among 50+ in the US participating.

The Facebook groups are continuing to publish protest info on Prop 8 faster than I can read and post what is relevant to LA.  The Pepperdine group over at facebook sent a notice regarding a nationwide protest being organized by the Join the Impact group.

LA’s protest will take place at LA City Hall, 200 N Spring Street (in Los Angeles of course).  The protest will start at 10:30AM.  It is planned to end at 2:30PM.    More information can be found on the LA Join the Impact Facebook page.

For those that know me I am not a fan of protests as the location is usually irrelevant or it gets out of hand and pisses off the very people that are in need of convincing.  I think the better location would have been in front of a Morman Church, but this isn’t my protest.  

The issue of same sex marriage is so emotionally charged it can get unruly quickly.  My plea is those attending do everything possible to maintain their dignity and remain civil regardless of the provocations.  Please?

Prop 8 protests increasing in the LA area with help of Facebook.

The Prop 8 protests are continuing and spreading through out the area.  Facebook would be the last place I’d expect to find a lot of information, but specific ways to do so keep showing up there every day.  Two in particular have caught my attention.  One is a Protest March set for this evening in Long Beach staged at 3 locations along Broadway Avenue.  

The other is a direct attack on one of the large out-of-state contributors to the Yes on 8 side, the Mormon Church.  Our own Jozjozjoz reported early on that Pepperdine came out supporting Prop 8 which in turn lead to a Facebook group calling themselves  PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY ALLOWS THEMSELVES TO BE PART OF YES ON 8.  They have asked people to contact the IRS demanding the Mormon churches non-profit status be revoked for their meddling roll in the Prop 8 campaign. 

Full text from the various Facebook group press releases with links after the jump. Continue reading Prop 8 protests increasing in the LA area with help of Facebook.

Protest over Prop 8 Results tonight in Weho.

I’m getting a lot of emails on the topic of Prop 8.  The results were the biggest disappointment of this election for me.  Will.i.am and Sean Bonner have both posted on the overall election.  Gloria Allred is taking up the cause on behalf of her clients.  Weho is closing the streets tonight for a protest and renewed effort to defeat Prop 8.  The full email I got via facebook email a moment ago:

Weho Protest
Step one is to get together
Event Info Host: Roots of Equality
Type: Causes – Protest
Network: Global
Time and Place Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: San Vicente Blvd between West Hollywood Park and the Pacific Design Center 
Street: 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.
City/Town: West Hollywood, CA 
Contact Info Phone: 323/848-6460
[email protected]

Description: Weho has closed their streets and is hosting a protest against prop 8.

“We have a much steeper road to climb. so don’t waste any time, let’s start tonight by all getting together to take to the streets in protest and prepare for the fight ahead. Change starts today”.

Someone raise an extra flag on behalf me and the kids.  I’d be there if tonight weren’t a school night and we were so far away.

Prop 8 tied in new internal poll

A Prop 8 round-up


The Atlantic magazine reports today that a new internal poll by supporters of Proposition 8 reveals the ballot measure tied at 44% to 44% among those polled. Prop 8 would rewrite the California state constitution to eliminate the right to marry for same sex couples.

California Faultline‘s David Markland (former LA Metblogs captain) says a recent Public Policy Inst. of CA poll showed Prop 8 being defeated, with 44% of those polled supporting it while 52% opposed it.

LA Times ran an editorial saying the governor has reneged on his April promise to oppose Prop 8, siting a statement he made in April to gay political organization Log Cabin Republicans. “I will always be there to fight against that because it should never happen,” said Schwarzenegger.  He also called the proposition “a total waste of time.”

No on Prop 8 has a slew of ads on their site in English and Spanish by community leaders and show biz celebs, as well as a series of clever spots modeled on the “Mac vs. PC” ads from Apple. (The company recently announced a $100,000 donation to defeat Prop 8.)

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Bill O’Reilly expects anti-gay Prop 8 to be defeated

Fox News big cheese Bill O’Reilly went on the record tonight on his show, The O’Reilly Factor, stating that he expects California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 to be defeated on November 4th, mentioning the recent court decision in Connecticut as evidence that Americans may be ready for same-sex marriage.

According to an article in tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal:

A Sept. 18 poll by the San Francisco-based Field Poll found the measure losing 55% to 38% among likely voters.

But now the measure is favored 48% to 45% among likely voters questioned in an Oct. 17 poll by Survey USA of Verona, N.J. The poll’s margin of error, four percentage points, means the results were a statistical tie.

In an interview with former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, O’Reilly claimed that the US is “drifting to the left” on social and political issues, siting Obama’s strengthening poll numbers.

O’Reilly has played both sides of the debate over gay rights in the past. Yesterday, he lauded actress/singer Hilary Duff for her recent PSA urging teenagers to stop saying, “That’s so gay,” because of its insensitivity to gays.

Photo: Fox News

Will anti-gay bigotry be written into California’s Constitution?

It sure looks that way. After months of trailing in polls, Prop 8 same-sex marriage ban is now ahead.

Officials for No on Prop 8, the campaign to defeat this November’s ballot Proposition 8 which would take away the right of same-sex couples to marry, say that a recent internal poll shows the proposition passing if the election were held today. A recent CBS/SurveyUSA had similar findings.

California’s constitution now allows marriage between any two adults, regardless of their gender. Proposition 8 would redefine legal marriage as only being permitted between a man and a woman. In some cases, same-sex couples would even be denied the right to form legal civil unions.

“Our most recent polling data shows us four points behind,” said Geoff Kors, a member of the NO on Prop 8 Executive Committee. “And unless we raise significant new dollars, we will not be able to compete with the proponents on television.”  The latest poll from Lake Research shows the race 47% Yes and 43% No.

“While our poll didn’t surprise us, it did confirm that we were starting to lose ground because we simply cannot match the proponents dollar for dollar on television,” said Steve Smith, NO on Prop 8 Senior Campaign Strategist. “We wanted to let LGBT community know that there is a level of complacency and false sense of security, and we wanted to set the record straight.”

Smith said, “Public polls have given everyone the impression that this campaign is over – it’s already won. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Up until now, opposition to Prop 8 has been leading consistently in polls. But religious organizations, especially the Mormon Church, have been raising much more money than the opposition.

And now Yes on 8, an organization supporting Prop 8, is using that money to run dishonest, misleading ads in Spanish and English throughout the state in attempts to appeal to bigotry, intolerance and ignorance when it comes to GLBT people.

The Yes on 8 ads contain outright lies. No on Prop 8 has the facts:

Lie # 1. People can be sued over personal beliefs. NOT TRUE.

California’s laws already prohibit discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with marriage.

Lie # 2. Churches can lose their tax-exemption status. NOT TRUE.

Nothing in Prop 8 would force churches to do anything. In fact, the court decision regarding marriage specifically says “no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.”

Lie # 3. Same-sex marriage would be taught in public schools. NOT TRUE. Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it.

Lie # 4. Four Activist Judges in San Francisco… NOT TRUE.

Prop 8 is not about courts and judges, it’s about eliminating a fundamental right. Judges didn’t grant the right, the constitution guarantees the right. Proponents of Prop 8 use an outdated and stale argument that judges aren’t supposed to protect rights and freedoms.

This campaign is about whether Californians, right now, in 2008 are willing to amend the constitution for the sole purpose of eliminating a fundamental right for one group of citizens.

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has already ruled that this claim by the proponents of Prop 8 is “false and misleading.” In fact, the “case” that is cited in the ad is from Massachusetts…the proponents knew what California law said, so they used another state, again to mislead voters.

Our donations and action are badly needed in the remaining weeks before the election on November 4th. You can donate and find other ways to make a difference at No on Prop 8 and Equality California.

Don’t let ignorance and bigotry be written into our state constitution!