August 27, 2008, - 11:44 am

Gays Target Bolthouse Farms Over Gay Marriage Ban Initiative

By Debbie Schlussel
If you’re like me, you love Bolthouse Farms fruit and vegetable drinks (though rarely have them because they’re veeeery high in calories).
But gays in California don’t.
They’re boycotting the company because the man who founded and sold the company three years ago–William Bolthouse–is a huge backer of Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative to ban gay marriage in California. He donated $100,000 to Proposition 8 backers.
So, now a fruity drink is no longer the “fruity” drink.
Oh, and by the way, did you know that opposing gay marriage is now a “hate crime”?
Californians Against Hate is the gay rights group, which is leading the boycot of donors of $5,000 or more to the anti-gay marriage campaign.


Gay Marriage Activists Boycott Bolthouse Farms, Other Businesses

Bolthouse Farms can handle it. It’s a huge company with sales across the continent, and its bottom line hasn’t been affected. It’s the smaller businesses that are being hurt by this gay extremism and intolerance.
Two of the businesses which donated–A-1 Storage, a self-storage company, and Manchester Grand Hyatt (both of which are in San Diego)–are also targets of the gay boycott. I urge you to patronize these businesses if you live in the San Diego area or are visiting (especially for the hotel), since the misnomered Californians Against Hate has already hurt them:

Same-sex marriage was legalized in California in June after the State Supreme Court ruled a ban was unconstitutional. That set the stage for a ballot proposal to outlaw gay marriage. Both sides see California as the crucial battleground state that could determine how far same-sex marriage rights can be extended. Fund raising has poured in from across the country. . . .
San Diego’s Manchester Grand Hyatt is now the target of a boycott that was kicked off after its owner, Doug Manchester, donated $125,000 to the campaign to support Proposition 8. With the help of a local union, gay-rights activists managed to convince two professional associations to cut back on some events they planned to host at the hotel. A hotel official said both groups are keeping the rooms they have blocked off for their events but moved some meetings and other events to other venues.
In an email responding to a reporter’s question, Mr. Manchester said, “We have received support from those that are in favor of Prop 8 which has made up for some of what is being lost as a result of the boycott. Nonetheless, we are saddened by all the divisive nature of the movement.” . . .
Jennifer Kerns, a spokeswoman for, the largest fund-raiser for the Yes on Prop 8 campaign, says she expects it will become more difficult to entice corporations to contribute to her cause.
“The moment [Mr. Manchester] wrote the check, he found himself to be the target of numerous boycotts and protests,” she said. “Our side has a significant challenge in that.” Ms. Kerns noted that the greater chunk of her group’s funding will likely come from individuals and religious groups, such as the national Catholic organization Knights of Columbus, which recently contributed $1 million to the campaign.

Not surprisingly, gay rights groups aren’t boycotting businesses that are contributing to the campaign to keep gay marriage legalized in California.

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric, the state’s largest utility by revenue, donated $250,000 to defeat Proposition 8. A spokeswoman said the company received some complaints from its 20,000 employees and six million customers, and it was able to handle the protests internally.

Sadly, Californians against gay marriage probably can’t boycott this company because, as with most utilities, it likely has a monopoly on the energy it provides. And you don’t want to be without gas and electricity.

11 Responses

its interesting how we have to tolerate gay ideas (i.e. gay marriage) but gays can’t be tolerant of our ideas (i.e. marriage = man/woman). The whole idea of gay marriage is ludicris. Marriage is taking two different things and joining them to be one. In some religions its also a sacrament and a central doctrine. Thw whole idea of trying to force us to accept gay marriage is an effort by gays to destroy our beliefs and our culture and it shows how intolerant gays are of us.

PrincessKaren on August 27, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Why after reading this I think I’m gonna make Bolthouse Farms Mango Lemonade & vodka (not the America hatin Absopuke) as my official end of summer drink. Hmmm, maybe also their Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie & Captain Morgan too.
It’s the least I can do for those 4th generation Americans that will get in the trenches and fight for what is morally right in this nation that is decaying so fast.

West Dearbornistan on August 27, 2008 at 2:42 pm

A long time ago, every one knew what marriage meant. In today’s world, a belief in tradition (and the religious view of man and woman) is enough to get one labeled a hater and a bigot. No one wants to hurt gays. But they don’t have the right to redefine the meaning of marriage for the rest of society.

NormanF on August 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm

PrincessKaren, the Left targets religion and the family. They say they respect our values but their actions prove otherwise. Their tolerance ends at the door of every synagogue and church in our country.

NormanF on August 27, 2008 at 2:47 pm

NormanF a big AMEN to you!!!

West Dearbornistan on August 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Same sex marriage isn’t about getting religious institutions to accept gay marriage. Just the gov.
Also, Bolthouse farms juices are awesome and boycotts like this are dumb.

TubeSteak on August 27, 2008 at 6:01 pm

I personally collected over 2000 signatures here in California to keep marriage the way it has always meant to be and forever. Here in California the liberals were so vile and hateful for anyone to sign. Everyday we collected it was like going to battle. So many good people were afraid they would be harrassed or intimidated for signing. So now we on the Yes on 8 will flyer the stores and parks to get the vote out. We know it will be close but we must win. Especially since the facist California Supreme Court used thier illegal authurity and passed law without representation from legislators or voters. Now Marriage is defined by homosexuals.
Well what is Obama’s stance on homosexual marriage, who knows just depends the venue and the time.
However for the best reasoning for marriage and making no exuse for our point is Alan Keyes.
This is classic without any apologies. His definition and reasoning is the best without any doubt.
As for McCain he is a dissapointment because he says he supports True Marriage then goes on that lesbian sex predator Ellen Degenerate. It is so pathetic that he who was such a Hero and Champion for being a Brave POW would have to explain to ELLEN. WTF??!! Why couldn’t he be like Alan Keyes and make no excuses if you believe in True Marriage.
That is why I will vote for a TRUE conservative in Alan Keyes for President, running as the American Independent Candidate. Since California is so Obama country I will vote my conscience. If If I was in a battleground state I would vote McCain by default.
As for the Homosexual Mafia like Mike Savage coined, they are not ending here.
SB777 first law in America to allow “transgender” kids to use opposite bathrooms and gyms. Kids are allowed “choose” thier gender.
Laws passed waiting for that pile of Arnold to sign or veto.
AB 86 (Lieu) Punishing StudentsNow, school officials may punish a student for blogging or texting via an electronic device if they consider the content “hate crime.” The problem with this bill is that “hate crime” is not clearly defined. It could be a hate crime to refer to homosexuality as a sin. This bill is yet another attempt to stifle the religious freedom of students while at school for “Hate Crimes” via Electronic Devices
AB 2567 (Leno) Homosexual State Holiday
This legislation will declare May 22 Harvey Milk Day in California. A homosexual activist from San Francisco, Milk is revered by homosexual as a “civil rights” leader for their community. Homosexual activists intend to use Harvey Milk Day to force school children to celebrate his life and learn more about homosexuality.
AB 2654 (Laird) Homosexual Rights This bill will change several areas of the code to prohibit “discrimination” against homosexuals. With every anti-discrimination law based on sexual orientation that passes, our religious liberties are diminished. Soon, those with traditional moral beliefs will be silenced for their “bigoted” values.
AB 3015 (Brownley) SB 777 for Foster Parents
Last year lawmakers passed SB 777, which requires schools to positively portray homosexuality, transsexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism. Now, lawmakers want the same laws to apply to foster families. AB 3015 will require foster parents to learn about SB 777’s policies and then inform their foster children of their “rights” regarding homosexuality and other sexual lifestyles while at school.
SB 1729 (Migden) Homosexual Sensitivity Training for Nurses
SB 1729 will mandate homosexual, transsexual, transgender and bisexual “training” for elderly caregivers. It is embarrassing that lawmakers want to indoctrinate the most caring, generous caregivers in the medical profession.
California is the door the Homosexuals are going through to get the rest of the country caught in thier sick and sinful lifestyle.

californiascreaming on August 27, 2008 at 6:24 pm

“Not surprisingly, gay rights groups aren’t boycotting businesses that are contributing to the campaign to keep gay marriage legalized in California.”
It is, in fact, not surprising that gay rights groups wouldn’t boycott businesses that support gay rights.

EarlWestheimer on August 27, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Bolthouse Farms products are excellent. They are the best juice products that I have ever tried–a bit pricy–the quality is definitely tops. Anyway, I will be treating myself to some more of their stuff and promoting them to others. Knowing they have moral people running the company who are taking a stand–this is the icing on the cake.

BB on August 27, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Hopefully you know that Bolthouse Farms was established in Grant, Michigan. They are the largest grower and processor of carrots in the U.S. and perhaps the world. I’m told it’s difficult to buy carrots in the supermarket from a source other than Bolthouse Farms. If you look carefully at a bag of baby carrots and it says “Bakersfield, CA” on it, then it’s a Bolthouse Farms product.

There is NO Santa Claus on August 28, 2008 at 8:17 am

As George would say ‘Some people are really fucking stupid’. That’s all that needs to be said to anyone hating on this video.?

L_Duub on February 6, 2012 at 7:24 am

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