Given the fact that I’ve talked about Bolthouse Farms and their connections to the “Yes on Prop. 8” campaign before, I felt like this would be some good news to share. Apparently, the CFO of Manchester Financial Group, the company that owns the Manchester Grand Hyatt and the Grant Del Mar, has expressed some worry to Manchester about his decision to financially support the “Yes on Prop. 8” campaign due to the fear of boycotts:
In a July 29 e-mail to Manchester, Paul Wilkins, chief financial officer for the group, said he believed “this boycott effort will cost you millions of dollars of lost revenue and possibly tens of millions of dollars in lost value for both the Manchester Grand Hyatt and The Grand Del Mar.”
See! Boycotts due make a difference!
Another article in The Wall Street Journal also talks about the boycott efforts (unfortunately giving some erroneous information about William Bolthouse’s connection to Bolthouse Farms – yes, he is indeed still connected to the company, despite what Bolthouse Farm’s has said!), which have ultimately spurred Hyatt Corp. to publicly state that they do not back Manchester’s political beliefs:
A spokeswoman for Hyatt Corp. in Chicago said it doesn’t require its hotel owners to follow any particular policy. “We absolutely don’t have a position on the proposition itself but we have a really strong, long track record of inclusiveness in terms of the way we welcome our guests and the way we treat our employees. Doug Manchester…in no way speaks for Hyatt,” said the spokeswoman.
Personally, I think this is all really great news. When the American Family Association is out boycotting McDonald’s for getting to cozy with Teh Gays (the website is pretty funny – I suggest you check it out), it’s great to see the queer folks stand up for themselves and put a bit of pressure on the Prop. 8 backers in California. Go team!