Oakland newspapers standing up for local LDS man dealing with fallout over Prop 8 support

Finally, someone is standing up to the mayor and city council of Oakland, Calif., for reconsidering the appointment of an LDS member of the board of directors of the city's Paramount Theater because he contributed a large sum of money to the Proposition 8 campaign.

Lorenzo Hoopes, 96, and others were scheduled for reappointment to the Paramount Theatre board, but before a vote could be taken in recent City Council meeting, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums had the nominations pulled for "further consideration" Jan. 19. Gay rights activists appeared to want to humiliate Hoopes because he contributed $26,000 to the ballot initiative that reversed gay marriage in California.

The San Francisco Chronicle had earlier reported that the city council was not likely to approve Hoope's nomination anyway. City Council President Jane Brunner told the paper: "A lot of us don't think that he represents our thinking in Oakland."

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