By JEFFREY LORD on 5.10.12 @ 6:09AM
A White House/gay boycott and the abolition of marriage: Will Jill Biden go out with me?
It was December of 1992.
And the New York Times was furious.
In the November election that had occurred a month earlier, while most Americans were fixated on the presidential race between President George H.W. Bush, Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and businessman Ross Perot, in Colorado something else was going on.
That something else was known as Amendment 2.
On election day, by a margin of 100,000 votes, Coloradans, in the words of the Chicago Tribune: “amended their constitution to outlaw ordinances in Denver, Boulder and Aspen that banned discrimination in hiring and housing on the basis of sexual orientation.”
Gay rights groups were apoplectic. Barbra Streisand vowed a celebrity boycott — no small threat in Colorado ski havens like Aspen where stars like Cher, Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, and other Hollywood power names vacationed. The Times was frothing. So there was a decision to strike back at Colorado. Fumed the Times in a December 21st editorial titled “The Case for the Colorado Boycott”:
Deciding where to go for a skiing vacation ordinarily poses no moral dilemma. But this winter it surely does. Colorado, site of some of the finest ski areas in the nation, adopted a bigoted anti-gay initiative last month, shattering the state’s reputation for tolerance. Gay groups and others are urging a boycott; their call deserves to be heeded.