Terry Caster and family major funders of CA Prop. 8

Jul 30th, 2008 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Californians Against Hate are not stopping at boycotting Doug Manchester, a wealthy resort owner who donated $125,000 to get the homophobic Proposition 8 on the November ballot in California that, if passed will remove same-sex marriage rights granted by the state Supreme Court last month. Now the group is going after the next big fish and Manchester friend, Terry Caster.

Terry Caster, is the Chairman of the board of Caster Companies, which owns A-1 Self Storage with 40 locations throughout California which include 4 million storage units.

In March Caster told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he believes that marriage between a man and a woman is fundamental to society. “Without solid marriage, you are going to have a sick society,” Caster said.

Californians Against Hate state that Caster and his family have contributed nearly $300,000 to the Protect Marriage campaign. Fred Karger, spokesperson for the group, says, “That makes the Caster family the biggest contributors from San Diego County, where 35% of the money came from to qualify Proposition 8 for the November 4th ballot.”

Other sources indicate the overall amount from the Caster clan is actually much higher, with $445 from Terry Caster alone as CEO of Caster Family Enterprises.

Acting as the “truth squad” so Americans can know just where the money is coming from that is supporting that anti-gay Proposition, Karger says, “People can chose whether or not they want to patronize the businesses owned by these major donors.”

For more information on the Caster businesses boycott visit: CallTerryCaster.com

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  1. I think that when you get so incensed at a person for contributing to the cause they believe in, it makes you a hypocrite. The whole thing about being open minded is that you are not influenced by what other prople think. You have a right to think watever way you want to. Whether it is far left, far right or in between. The sign of being closed into you beliefs is when you persecute others. He can feel however he wants to feel about it. The majority vote is what should win. Not fear from belittling and boycotting tactics. Let this man think what he wants to think. Everyone does not have to support you. It is their choice. That is what a vot is about.

  2. I agree. Don’t persecute others for their beliefs. the minute you do that, you are no longer open minded. The only way to truly win something is by changing peoples hearts, not scaring them into agreeing with you. Leave him be

  3. I don’t agree. Not patronizing the Caster family businesses because you find their political beahvior to be repugant is not tantamount to persecution; it’s called standing up for what you believe in. Let me offer an analogy: if Mr. John Bigot who owns Big Burgers decides to fund a ballot initiative that would make it illegal for Mormons to marry Christians, then people who believe that such an iniative is wrong have every right and in fact perhaps a responsibility not to spend money at Big Burgers. In the case of Prop 8, just because I don’t want MY money supporting a campaign that has the potential to directly harm my life doesn’t mean I am not open minded. Being open minded doesn’t mean you don’t have opinions. It also doesn’t mean you can’t stand up for what you believe in. It means you listen with an open mind to both sides of the debate and gather information and evidence before making a decision about where you stand. I have done that, and as a gay person it’s really clear to me that Proposition 8 has the potential to directly harm my family. I am not about to spend money at a business if the owner of that business is going to turn around tomorrow and use MY money to support a cause that is directly going to harm me. That’s not closemindedness. It’s common sense.

  4. Bravo, Michelle. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  5. Michelle and Roberto- What would you say if I wanted to boycott businesses (movies, products, etc.) of those individuals and businesses which tried to defeat Prop 8? You’d call me all sorts of names, just because I don’t agree with your political view. Pretty hypocritical–wouldn’t you say? People only have a write to donate or express their opinion when they agree with you on this issue? Well, if you were really secure in yourself, you wouldn’t need the state or others to endorse the lifestyle, would you? It’s sort of sad that you need other people’s approval–and have such rage when they don’t agree. Maybe you should go to therapy to address that.

  6. Cindy, I think you’re missing something fundamental here: and that is the right, in fact the obligation, for people to put their money where their mouth is. If you want to boycott businesses that tried to defeat Prop. 8, who gives a stuff? Go for it. Anyone has the right to vote either way on the issue–and to be called out for that vote and be prepared to defend it. The power of the gay dollar in America is MASSIVE. Never forget that. And as for your puerile argument about someone “needing the state to endorse the lifestyle”, that is about as passive/aggressive a statement as I have yet seen, and incredibly manipulative. You trivialize the right for gays and lesbians to marry as if it were nothing more a college girl looking to get into a sorority. And if you’re religious that’s fine–as long as you keep YOUR religion out of MY civil rights.

  7. prop 8 supporters are bigots and hate mongers. the california supreme court will overturn it.