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Los Angeles Film Festival Director and California Proposition 8 Supporter Richard Raddon Resigns

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LA Film Festival’s Rich Raddon and Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson

The Hollywood BLACKLIST over California Proposition 8 that restored the traditional definition of marriage (one man and one woman) has begun.

Under mounting pressure, LA Film Festival director Richard Raddon has ankled his post.

Raddon and Film Independent (FIND), the festival’s parent org, have faced a barrage of protests over Raddon’s contribution to the successful Yes on Prop 8 campaign that banned same-sex marriage in California.

After bloggers published his name, culled from public records of donors, Raddon tendered his first resignation on Nov. 13 to Film Independent’s board of directors, which was not accepted. Film Independent then released a statement saying, in part, “Our organization does not police the personal, religious, or political choices of any employee, member, or filmmaker.”

Yet Internet message boards and other published reports kept the issue at the center of a growing protest movement that has targeted “Yes on 8” donors including the Mormon church and Cinemark Theaters, whose CEO was a contributor.

On Monday, Raddon submitted a second resignation. Those close to the org described Monday’s conference call with the board of directors as emotional. While Raddon’s contribution had caused some internal angst, he was well liked within the org.

On Tuesday, Film Independent issued a statement saying “With great reluctance, Film Independent has accepted Richard Raddon’s resignation. Rich’s service to the independent film community and to Film Independent has been nothing less than extraordinary. He has always shown complete commitment to our core principles of equality and diversity during his long tenure.”

Raddon, a devout Mormon who took the reins of the fest in 2000, said, “I have always held the belief that all people, no matter race, religion, or sexual orientation are entitled to equal rights. I prefer to keep the details around my contribution through my church a private matter. But I am profoundly sorry for the negative attention that my actions have drawn to Film Independent and for the hurt and pain that is being experienced in the GLBT community.”

The oh so tolerant anti-Proposition 8 mob has another notch on their belt.

Who will be the next victim?

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4 thoughts on “Los Angeles Film Festival Director and California Proposition 8 Supporter Richard Raddon Resigns

  1. We gays are a tolerant group in general. But not tolerant of people who take away our equal rights. We won’t spend gay$ on people who use that money to take away our equality. Intolerant of discrimination, yes. Intolerant of bigotry, yes. Don’t continue to demean and marginalize us by calling us a mob. We are a minority that has been discriminated against and we are fighting back. If people want to be left alone, they should not attack us and take our civil rights.

    We would have been happy to be left alone and live our lives.

  2. Won’t win any friends with that attitude, dude.

    It was the homosexual lobby who decided THEY wanted to change the definition of marriage and take away OUR religious rights.

    Let’s get it right.

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