Why is the Sundance Film Festival taking place in the Hate State of Utah?

UPDATE: Our friend Brent Andrus, who is a lead donor to Prop 8, in fact runs a series of hotels, including (big surprise here), Courtyard Marriott, Fairfield Inn Marriott, Residence Inn Marriott, and Spring Hill Suites Marriott. Never, ever stay at a Marriott again. It’s clear that what people have been whispering about Marriott for years is true. It’s not just some independent company. It’s part and parcel of the Mormon Church and their bigoted agenda.

It’s time we held Utah accountable for the hate and bigotry it gladly exports to the rest of our union.

Mormons from Utah dumped millions into Prop 8, the anti-gay proposition in California that just passed – they are personally responsible for revoking the marriages of nearly 20,000 gay couples. This is not the first time the Mormons went beyond their borders to promote hate and intolerance of gays and lesbians – it’s been happening for years. The Mormon church regularly intervenes around the country to promote hatred, bigotry and discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans. Enough is enough. The Mormon church, and its associated businesses, are free to foment discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans, but we are also free to stop frequenting the businesses of those who would make our children bastards, and we their parents second class citizens.

It’s time to stop funding those businesses and individuals who promote hate. And let’s start with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It’s high time Sundance found a better state to party in than the seat of the Mormon Church. Sundance is THE gathering of liberal Hollywood. The last place it should be is in Utah. Robert Redford, are you out there?

Let’s start with one donor in particular:

Brent Andrus of Huntington Hotels in Park City, Utah gave $20,000 to Prop 8 on October 16th, 2008.

I’ve done some Googling and I’m having a hard time finding exactly which property or properties Mr. Andrus owns. Perhaps someone from Sundance needs to ensure that neither Mr. Andrus nor his hotels are in any way involved in the Sundance Festival, including guests staying at his businesses. UPDATE: We have our answer, see the top of this post.

And then Sundance needs to start looking to move the festival. All of you who know someone who knows someone in the industry need to weigh in with the Sundance organizers, and those attending, to ensure that Utah and the Mormon Church pay a price for the bigotry they embrace and export.

Next up: Marriott Hotels. It’s Mormon owned. Stay at a Marriott and you finance the repeal of your own civil rights, and those of your friends and families. Spread the word, never ever stay at a Marriott Hotel ever again. More on Marriott’s extensive holding later.


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