Equality California sent out the above photo with its latest donations pitch yesterday, saying this sign was displayed at the Supreme Court hearings in SF last week. But Dan Savage has some questions:
Who took the picture? Where? When? Is the person holding the sign standing inside a building? Weren’t the demonstrations outside? And who is holding the sign? Why is the picture cropped the way it is? Why was the person holding the sign cropped out of it? If someone was carrying that sign at the massive demonstrations outside the California Supreme Court’s hearing last week about Prop 8, wouldn’t dozens of people have taken pictures of it? Wouldn’t it have been all over gay blogs and news website right away? Why did it take nearly a week for this picture—seemingly the only one taken of this sign—to surface? And it surfaces not on blogs or news websites, but in a fundraising email for the group that fatally mismanaged the “No on 8” campaign?
If we heard about a gay person carrying an outrageously incendiary sign at a large, public demonstration (“Kill All the Christians and Let God Sort ‘Em Out!” or whatever) and a picture didn’t surface until days later, and the person carrying the sign was carefully cropped out, and it wasn’t entirely clear that the person carrying the sign was even at the demonstration, we would be skeptical, to say the least. We’d be screaming bloody murder, actually, and demanding proof.
Did any JMG readers actually see this sign AT the rally? Can you provide me with a photo?
UPDATE: JMG reader Rick found the photo on Flickr. I’d say it’s real.