DANSA celebrates judge's ruling against
Photos by Deb Martin, QSanAntonio.com, August 5, 2010
About a dozen activists organized by the Direct Action Network of San
Antonio came together in front of City Hall on August 4 to celebrate a
federal judge's decision to strike down California's Prop 8.
In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, activist Isaac Brown
said, "We're glad they have taken the side of what is constitutional.
We're hoping for the same thing in our own state. This is a celebration
because if its now unconstitutional there, it should be here too."
Gena Hershon was there with her partner. "Yes, finally it about time.
We're people. We fall in love, we want a family. It would be great if
we didn't need to move from our home just to get married," she told
Activists march on Alamo in support
of same-sex marriage
Photos by Antonia Padilla, QSanAntonio.com, May 27, 2009
Over 150 San Antonio GLBT activists marched from HemisFair Park to the
Alamo where they unfurled a huge Rainbow Flag. The rally was one of over
100 held across the country on May 26 in response to the California Supreme
Court’s decision to uphold Proposition 8 which bans same sex marriage
in that state.
The rally brought together every segment of San Antonio’s GLBT community.
Speakers included Dan Graney of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus,
Darrell Parsons from the Human Rights Campaign, Marsha Warren of Equality
Texas and Rev. Mick Hinson, pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church.
The protestors initially gathered at the entrance of HemisFair Park on
North Alamo Street where they listened to the featured speakers. The group
then walked North along the sidewalks of Alamo Street until they reached
the Alamo. Among those in the procession were six same-sex married couples.
San Antonio Police were on hand to hold back traffic at intersections
so that protestors could easily cross streets without having to watch
for oncoming cars.
The rally offered San Antonio’s GLBT community a highly visible
platform for its cause. Scores of tourists and locals alike witnessed
the march from HemisFair Park to the Alamo. People riding in cars along
Alamo Street honked their horns in approval and guests in hotels along
the route came out to view the procession. Some spectators were moved
enough to join in the protest.
photos of this event
$150,000+ raised in S.A. to ban gay
marriage in California
QSanAntonio.com, November 16
An amazing total of $153,873 was raised in San Antonio to support Proposition
8, the successful California ballot measure that banned gay marriage in
that state. Most of the money came from 14 San Antonians who donated approximately
$10,000 apiece. Public records indicate that these donors come from the
wealthiest and well-connected circles in San Antonio.
A total of 24 San Antonians donated money to Protectmarriage.com - Yes
On 8, A Project Of California Renewal. The donations ranged from as low
as $50 to a high of $10,000.
The highest dollar amount donations appear to have been part of a coordinated
effort. All contributions for the amounts of $10,000 and $9,999 were made
between October 27 and October 30.
In cross-referencing the names of the San Antonio Prop 8 donors with other
campaign contribution lists, QSanAntonio found that several of the same
high-dollar contributors had given money to the campaign of Mitt Romney,
the Mormon politician and former Republican governor of Massachusetts
who ran for President this year.
As of November 3, backers and foes of a ballot initiative to ban same-sex
marriage raised $74 million, well over double what consultants forecast.
Prop. 8 -- which passed with 52% of the vote-- was the nation's costliest
ballot measure this year.
Below is a list was from public records of San Antonians who gave money
to help ban gay marriage in California.
Name -- Amount of Contribution -- Date of Contribution -- Occupation,
Timothy L. Hildenbrand-- $1,000.00--10/30/08 -- Geologist, Hillmont Oil
Peter Evans--$10,000.00--10/29/08--President , Woodside Homes of South
David Nielson MD--$10,000.00--10/28/08--Doctor, David H. Nielson MD
Jeffry Washburn--$2,700.00--10/28/08--Attorney, U.S. Army
Ronald Kimball--$9,999.00--10/28/08--CEO, Texas Armoring Corporation
Arlo Terry MD--$10,000.00--10/27/08--Physician & President, Opthalmology
Associates of S.A.
Duke Williams--$10,000.00--10/27/08--Consultant, AIM USA LLC
Francis C. Burton --$10,000.00--10/27/08--None
John Woodward--$10,000.00--10/27/08--Chemical Engineer, Baker Engineering
& Risk Cons.
Kim Beckstead--$10,000.00--10/27/08--Real Estate Broker, Associates Northeast
Larry Sprouse--$10,000.00--10/27/08--Banker, First National Bank
Melbourne O'Banion--$10,000.00--10/27/08--Real Estate/Investment, O’Banion
Richard Lacy--$2,000.00--10/27/08--Insurance Manager, Travelers Insurance
Robert Lindberg--$2,000.00--10/27/08--Sales, IBM Corporation
Scott Spendlove--$10,000.00--10/27/08, Senior Vice President, Tesoro Corporation
Robert Vance--$100.00--9/22/08--Consultant, Robert Vance
Dennis Rushforth--$326.00--9/16/08--Chemist, Southwest Research Institute
Geraldine Woodward--$500.00--8/31/08--Piano instructor, Geraldine Woodward
Source: Richard Dalton, a computer-assisted reporting
specialist, compiled this analysis of Prop. 8 campaign contributions for
the Associated Press. The analysis is based on campaign finance reports
submitted to the California Secretary of State's Office since 2007 and
contains data current as of Nov. 3.
San Antonio rallys against Prop 8
Exclusive photos by Antonia Padilla,
QSanAntonio.com, November 15, 2008