(Interior of San Francisco City Hall where many gay — and straight — marriages are conducted)
I knew Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson quite well when I lived in Los Angeles and frequently drove her home from parties to her swank penthouse apartments in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. She was the stepmother of Howard F. Ahmanson Jr. who has been one of the principal funders of California’s Proposition 8 assault on same sex marriage.
Caroline Ahmanson was a values militant in helping to expose people to arts and literature. She funded the “Medici Awards” of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce — which were incredible gala affairs noting distinctive accomplishments in the many different dimensions of the arts.
She’d be appalled by the divisiveness of her son’s campaign, and I know she’d say “Shame on you” if she were around to see how he has thrown California backwards and help reestablished a foundation of bigotry and discrimination in the state.
Shame on you Howard Ahmanson.
— Steve Clemons