Protests target Bill Clinton’s talk at hotel

Posted on 17 Feb 2009 at 2:28pm
By Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — As many as 200 people protested a speech by former President Bill Clinton at a San Diego hotel that became a boycott target when its owner donated money to pass a gay marriage ban in California.

Gay rights and union leaders rallied outside the Manchester Grand Hyatt on Sunday, Feb. 16 to oppose owner Doug Manchester’s donation of $125,000 to last year’s Proposition 8 campaign and to demand improved working conditions at the hotel.

Clinton gave a speech at the hotel to the annual convention of the International Franchise Association. He spoke about the economic stimulus plan and the election of Barack Obama.

Protest organizers say 200 people joined the rally. Police estimated the crowd at 150.

Same-sex marriage advocates have called for a boycott of the hotel since last year.

Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, www.signonsandiego.com

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