Anti-Gay Musical Theatre Honcho Resigns


SCOTT ECKERN, artistic director of Sacramento’s CALIFORNIA MUSICAL THEATRE (California’s largest nonprofit musical theatre company), resigned yesterday in the wake of outrage over his public support of Proposition 8 — otherwise known as slapping the jazz hand that feeds you.

He made a $1,000 donation in his name, using his professional title, to the cause.

Eckern, a Mormon, told the NEW YORK TIMES that he was “deeply saddened that my personal beliefs and convictions have offended others.”

By taking a public stand on the issue, he displayed private prejudice against many of the people who he works with in the theatre community. But he was also exercising his constitutional right to engage in political activities. It shouldn’t affect his job unless he brought those attitudes into the workplace.

Or should it?

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