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California Director Quits After Supporting Prop. 8 — Right Call?

Even though 52 percent of California seems to agree with Scott Eckern's stance on gay marriage, the artistic director of the California Musical Theatre stepped down after it was revealed that he donated $1,000 to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign.

In a statement, coming after a boycott of the theater was called Tuesday, Eckern said:

I am leaving California Musical Theatre after prayerful consideration to protect the organization and to help the healing in the local theatre-going and creative community. I am disappointed that my personal convictions have cost me the opportunity to do what I love the most.

The director's support for Prop. 8 was discovered on, a website that lists individuals who donated to the efforts to ban same-sex marriage. Do you think the director made the right call by resigning?


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dingoatemybaby dingoatemybaby 8 years
Hi Hainan- So gays get "virtually all the same rights" huh! A civil union as granted by CA does not offer equal rights. Employer's don't have to recognize a civil union for insurance reasons, and hospitals can still refuse to recognize the civil union partner as the next of kin in emergency situations. Often times, more legal work and preparation are required in order to get the same legal rights straight couples automatically have by signing a marriage certificate. Remember, African Americans were granted "virtually the same rights" as white folks 50 years ago. They could ride on the same buses (just in the back) and could go to the same buildings (just had to use different restrooms and water fountains). The issue of separate but equal did not hold up with that civil rights issue, and it doesn't hold up with this civil rights issue. This guy is a dork, not because of how he voted, but because he couldn't stand up for what he voted for. He felt the need to leave his position, rather than explaining his stance and standing by it. He is a coward. Sure, he probably felt some pressure, and it probably made life uncomfortable. Welcome to our world, where more often than not you have to hide what you are to "fit in".
billyart101 billyart101 8 years
Well, he's a moron...A) for supporting Prop 8 B) for giving money to a measure of HATE, and C) for completely being so unsupportive of so many people, and probably co-workers, in the theater community who are gay or liberal or gay-friendly. What a douche!
pinkreginbows pinkreginbows 8 years
you should be able to love who you love! thats it! you cant help who you fall in love with, imagine being married and being told you need a nuptial bc your marriage is no longer legal!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Seriously. I wish people would stop saying things that are not true. If you don't know something, don't make shit up!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
That's not true UD. They already had producers pulling out. You really have no idea. If the same thing happened in Chicago there would definitely have been a boycott. No one would work for them, and that's in Chicago. We didn't even have to vote on prop 8. It would have sunk this theater. In musical theater gay people are the MAJORITY not the minority. Try to wrap your head around that. The Majority has the power. Also how do you guys know he was doing a fabulous job and that we've lost a major talent in the musical field??? You don't know him. All of this is speculation.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
But we don't know that. They didn't show that his stance would be detrimental, they jsut "think" it might be. There is a difference.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
My understanding is that his job is to keep the company profitable. If no one wants to work with him or see his shows, not sure how that would work...
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
a pastor who was pro sin would not being doing his job so well, sorry different scenario. This man was doing a fine job
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I grow weary of the "if this were reversed, this is how you would feel..." If a church asked a pastor to step down because he was pro-gay marriage or pro-premarital sex or in any way pro-sin, I would say yeah, it's a private organization, they can hold their leaders to whatever values they want. It's not an organization I would personally want to be part of, but that doesn't mean I don't respect their right to organize however they like.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I was just using the choice of words people were using on here, I don't think he was treated equally, sorry. And the hypocrisy lies that if the roles were reversed, everyone of you on here would be in an uproar, rightfully so, but it SHOULD go both ways.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Hanan, I didn't say he should lose his job, just that certainly I can pass judgment on his choice, in contrast to what the comment above mine said. And what's with "equality." It's equality.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
In the name of "equality" he has the "right" to think what he wants and should not have to step down because you don't agree with it. A job should be protected from all beliefs, as long as you are doing a good job. Those people in the gay community are stupid for letting that affect a man who was doing a great job in theater. Regardless of his opinion, right or wrong, you shouldn't have to lose a job over it. So say I don't agree with homosexuality (which I don't I just don't care what you do as you will have to answer to God) And I don't want to hire you because you are gay... I get sued. All the liberals on this site love to throw out the word hypocrisy, but only when it favors them.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>but you can't really pass judgment on people for their choices on things can you? Yes you can. This isn't a matter of opinion, what ice cream flavor is best or whether to go to the mountains or the beach for vacation. This is a matter of civil rights and equality, so yes I can judge someone for their choice.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well on one hand i think that he did make the right call about stepping down because he was talking about one thing and acting on another, but you can't really pass judgment on people for their choices on things can you?
Linny Linny 8 years
i think the way he voted is abhorrent but he is allowed to do so. it shouldn't cost him his position though.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Oh see smarty pants UnDave sneaking in a snipe before bed, lol
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"You don't have a right to marry, but you do have a right to equal protection under the law." Thanks for the reminder TS. I need to get to work on getting that whole "equal protection under the law" part removed as well... ;)
hope2be hope2be 8 years
I agree w/ foxie's no. 6 post. As much as I'm non-supporter of prop. 8, I'm against pressuring someone to quit his/her day job just because s/he is for it.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"Well, some people disagree that it was even a right in the first place." According to the Supreme Court of California, the interpretor of the CA Constitution, it WAS a right. In fact, the language of the proposition specifically said to "Eliminates the RIGHT of same sex couples to marry." It is worded that way because the RIGHT did exist. "churches or people can be sued for not agreeing to marry a gay couple as a hate crime." This is not true. It is a lie spread by organizations who were desperate to push Prop 8. Very sad to think so many people based their votes on flat out lies.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
All of this is about the word "marriage" and it is a waste of the states darn time... noone's "rights" were taken away. So by another posters comment it would then be comparable to Obamas election in the "getting over it arena" since their reasoning was someones rights being taken away is not the same. no rights taken away therefore= the same. I am over Obama, time to get over a word
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
here is a quote from the california state supreme court " california has enacted comprehensive domestic partership legislation under which a same sex couple may enter into a legal relationship that affords the couple virtually all of the same substantive legal benefits and privileges and imposes upon the couple virtually all of the same legal obligations and duties, that california law affords to and imposes upon a married couple." And the court merely ruled that prop 22 was not valid and it needed to be written as a constitutional amendment. And the attorney general is the one that determined that to mean same-sex couples had the right to wed. The main lawsuit in the california courts right now against prop 8 is not that it is their right to wed, rather that they believe pop 8 was not merely and amendment but a re-writing of the constitution and therefore should have passed state house and senate prior to going to a vote. It's not about "rights" at all, since same-sex couples already have those rights as is. I voted no on 8, but I can see why some would have voted yes. somebody said earlier that it is a businesses right to refuse service to anyone, yet an elective procedure dr and a photographer are currently being sued because they refused service to homosexuals because they morally did not agree with their lifestyles. It is this that causes many people to not want to "allow" so to speak these marriages.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
dingo, since you have been forced out to you being gay... wouldn't you think more on the side of this man who merely donated to a campaign that he thought was right? you think you would be on the side of all persecuted, not just when you agree with what they think. Hypocritical. And about the caps whoever said that... I accidentally hit the caps and waited till I was done with my sentence to take it off.... report me if you'd like :)
dingoatemybaby dingoatemybaby 8 years
WOW! "THAT" community! I don't know if that's insulting to theater folks or gay folks...... J/K.....any community can be a little jumpy at times. I think that is the key decision. It almost seems as if he may have been a little 2 faced with the community, and when the truth came out, he felt exposed and shameful. Either way, if it was something he really believed in, he should have stood by it and faced up to his decision. I've lost jobs due to my being gay (actually been forced out, not resigned), and I've stood by my beliefs in who and what I am despite it.
kathili kathili 8 years
I think if he really believed in his decision he needn't have resigned, though he's probably right about maintaining peace in that community...
alynn28 alynn28 8 years
very well said Hypno :)
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