The state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to look again at the same-sex marriage debate and the constitutionality of the recently approved Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. This news comes just as I was acting on my curiosity to learn the identities of local big-money backers of Proposition 8.
According to Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle report, the court, six months after its ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, granted requests by both sponsors and opponents of Proposition 8 to review lawsuits challenging the Nov. 4 initiative.
Meanwhile, SFGate.com's Data Center recently posted a searchable database of public information on those who contributed money to the campaigns both supporting and opposing Proposition 8. (The source for this data is Richard Dalton, a computer-assisted reporting specialist, who compiled this analysis of Prop. 8 campaign contributions for the Associated Press.)
As SFGate's Data Center says, the analysis is based on campaign finance reports submitted to the state Secretary of State's Office since 2007 and contains data current as of Nov. 3.
I pored through it and identified those making contributions of $5,000 or more in favor of Proposition 8. Choosing the $5,000 figure was a bit arbitrary, but it seems to illustrate something about how certain individuals have enough income at their disposal to donate it to causes they champion.
Here, I list those individuals by hometown., based on what I found at the SFGate Data Center database on Proposition 8 contributions. I also compiled a similar list for those contributing $5,000 or more to defeat Proposition 8. I will publish that list in the next day or so.
A disclosure: I strongly opposed Proposition 8 and made my own meager contribution to efforts to defeat it.
David Christensen, executive, Nearon Enterprises, Aug. 31, $25,000 (total of $30,000 since Aug. 31)
Doreen Kopf, retired, Aug. 28, $12,500
Richard Kopf, lawyer, Fremont Management Group, LP, Aug. 28, $12,500
David Nearon, lawyer, Alta Leasebark Corp., Sept. 7, $25,000
V. Lance Littlejohn, business, West Coast Novelty Corp., Sept. 7, $8,000
Judith Wagner, retired, Sept. 8, $10,000
R. Jean Taylor, retired, Sept. 8, $10,000
Jana Mullen, homemaker, Sept. 17, $25,000
Linda Reeve, self-employed landscape design, Oct. 6, $9,500
Curtis Weller, accountant, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Aug. 6, $5,000
Rachel Aaron, homemaker, Aug. 6, $5,000Jo Anne Gardner, Aug. 7, $5,000
Brian Blatter, dentist, Aug. 6, $10,000
Steven Leininger, accountant, Capital Performance Advisors, Aug. 6, $5,000
Linda Doll, homemaker, Aug. 13, $5,000.
Sherman Doll, consultant, Capital Performance Advisors, Aug. $5,000
John Cutt, CEO, IREBCC-Corp., Aug. 20, $5,000
Thalia Cutt, homemaker, Aug. 20, $5,000
Keith Bradburn, dentist, Randell Gardner, DDS, Aug. 24, $5,000
Sarah Harris, homemaker, Aug. 6, $25,000
Michael Peterson, financial services, Pascal Management, Aug. 17, $5,000
Larry Wilson, retired, Aug. 19, $5,000
John Blatter, retired, Aug. 6, $5,000
Jani Stone, homemaker, Aug. 20, $5,000
Carol Christensen, analyst, Gartner, Inc., Aug. 25, $5,000
William Wilcox, retired, Sept. 4, $25,000
Robert Packer, retired, Aug. 14, $25,000
Cherlyn Hart, homemaker Sept. 30, $5,000
Ralph Severson, retired, Aug. 24, $5,000
Sue Severson, retired homemaker, Sept. 23, $5,000
Barry Oliver, accountant, Pension One Advisors, Aug. 6, $5,000
Coulson-Moseley Pest Control, Aug. 6, $5,000
David Walton, lawyer, Jonen Hall, APLL, Aug. 6, $5,000
Douglas Barton, accountant, Deloitte & Tonche, Aug. 6, $5,000
Kay Bohne, homemaker, Aug. 6, $5,000
Kristalyn Judd, homemaker, Aug. 6, $5,000
Richard Cardall, sales management, Transamerica Capital Management, Aug. 6, $5,000
Richard Chapman, business owner, Jes Engineering, Inc., Aug. 6, $5,000
Terry Lloyd, self-employed analyst, Aug. 26, $5,000
Dayna Bain, homemaker, Aug. 31, $5,000
Janelle Palmer, homemaker, Sept. 14, $5,000