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Clinton Supports
Overturn of Prop. 8 but Still Crosses Gay Picket Line

Clinton Supports
Overturn of Prop. 8 but Still Crosses Gay Picket Line

Despite pleas from several activists and public figures not to do so, former president Bill Clinton crossed a picket line of about 200 people to deliver a speech on Sunday in San Diego.

Despite pleas from several activists and public figures not to do so, former president Bill Clinton crossed a picket line of about 200 people to deliver a speech on Sunday in San Diego. He still, however, stood behind his opposition to California's Proposition 8.

Clinton spokeswoman Laura Graham wrote a letter to the hotel workers' labor group Unite Here! saying that the former president attempted to move the venue of the speech, according to TheSan Diego Union-Tribune. Prop. 8 opponents and labor leaders had launched a boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt due to its owner's support for the anti-same-sex marriage measure and reports that its employees have heavier workloads than those at other area hotels.

"Unfortunately the hosting organization responded that they were unable to do so, and President Clinton believes he should honor his contractual obligation," she wrote.

The letter added that he encourages the repeal of Proposition 8. "Not only was [President Clinton] a big opponent of California's Proposition 8, but now supports its reversal."

Clinton spoke at the International Franchise Association conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, owned by Proposition 8 supporter Doug Manchester. The hotel magnate donated $125,000 to the campaign to end marriage equality in California.

In June, Clinton backed away from an engagement to speak at a University of California, Los Angeles, graduation ceremony when union officials urged him to support them in a labor dispute against university administration. (Michelle Garcia, Advocate.com)

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