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Meg Whitman Promises a Defense of Proposition 8

Meg Whitman is taking a controversial position on Proposition 8.
Meg Whitman is taking a controversial position on Proposition 8.
(Cover - Fortune Magazine)

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has all but assured that she will receive very little open support from Hollywood.

Unlike California’s current GOP governor and Dem attorney general, the former eBay executive announced that when elected she will defend Proposition 8, the initiative voted in by Golden State citizens to maintain the traditional definition of marriage.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown have both refused to carry out their sworn duties and defend the constitutional amendment from court challenges. Brown is Whitman's Democrat opponent in the upcoming governor’s race.

In Hollywood, to speak openly in favor of Proposition 8 is pretty much radioactive.

In fact, shortly after Judge Vaughn Walker issued his ruling declaring the amendment unconstitutional, stars were twizzy with excitement as they twittered with approval.

“I am crying with absolute joy! Thank you thank you thank you for letting equality win,” Christina Applegate sobbed, adding that “all men are created equal! Period!!!”

“Prop 8 was struck down! This news is amazing!!!! Its about time! Congrats to everyone!” Kim Kardashian gushed.

“What a huge historical day for equal rights in this country!” Paris Hilton penned. “They finally overturned Prop 8! There shouldn’t be a law on true love. : )”

“Today's landmark ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional is a testament to the fundamentals on which this great country was built and validates that the discrimination gay couples face must come to an end,” Cindy Lauper proclaimed.

Comedian Margaret Cho chanted, “Down with prop 8!!!! Its prop hate!!!”

“This just in: Equality won!” Ellen DeGeneres exclaimed.

Adam Shankman, the openly gay director of satirical web video “Prop 8: The Musical,” declared, “And justice is served. We are equal once more. God bless the letter of the law.”

Recently outed singer Ricky Martin emoted, "YEAHHHHH!!!!! #PROP8UNCONSTITUTIONAL MOVING FORWARD!!!!!!!! RT please.”

Guess none of these folks will be joining Team Meg anytime soon.


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    norman 4 years ago

    she wont be able to defend prop 8 because shes not one of the plaintiffs and the case will be settled before she would even take office
    She just lost the election anyway-her flip floppng on illegal immigration and now this seals her doom. This man/woman will not be able to buy her way out of this!

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    Unfortunately, I think there is still just as much bigotry against gay people and supporters of Prop 8 out there as there were before - but the bigots have learned to hide it better.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    Looks like prop 8 will be the dividing line for the gubenatorial race - there will be disapointment.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    So Whitman really wants to be recorded in history as a pro-Prop 8 bigot?
    That, in itself, calls into question her judgement.

    And she's not going to be able to say "But I treated gay people fairly at eBay!"
    Sorry, Meg -- if you win, history will regard you the way it now regards Strom Thurmond.
    For your sake, I hope you don't win.

  • Lo J 4 years ago

    I know I will be voting for Meg. Brown is going to help the house and our president put us more into debt and keep most of us unemployed. We need more jobs and we need to stop the big businesses/organizations from giving our jobs to other countries. They want to save while most of us stay unemployed. Lets get the liberals out of office and get them working where they belong.

  • Rick DeLano 4 years ago

    Wow. Imagine that. A governor who will defend the will of the people against a radical gay rights activist all dressed up like an impartial judge.

    I like Meg Whitman a whole lot bettyer already.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    She is wrong.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    misleading headline. she will not be defending prop 8. the time to appeal will have passed. she said she would defend Prop 8 IF she was governor now, which she isn't.

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