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El Coyote Manager Considering Resigning

“Marjorie Christoffersen, a manger at El Coyote who became a lightning rod for protests because of her donation to supporters of the ban on same-sex marriage, is said to be considering resigning, according to a restaurant official. El Coyote manager Larry Crenshaw said Christoffersen is considering leaving the eatery, but no final decision has been made. The restaurant was the scene of protests, pickets and boycotts in the days after voters approved Proposition 8. Christoffersen, who is Mormon, had given $100 to the Yes on 8 campaign. Her mother owns the restaurant.” [LAT]

By:           Japhy Grant
On:           Dec 8, 2008
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    • Joe Moag
      Joe Moag

      I still love the uber-seriousness in which the El Coyote folks take themselves. From her “press conference” to the “considering resigning”…Jesus, it’s a fucking restaurant! Quit, don’t quit, eat the food and get ptomaine…whatever…

      Dec 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bruno

      “Marjorie Christoffersen, a manger at El Coyote who became a lightning rod for protests because of her donation to supporters of the ban on same-sex marriage, is said to be considering martyrdom, according to a restaurant official.”

      Dec 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike

      She gave $100. Give it a rest. I’m no fan of organized religion, but gays are becoming the new John Birch Society.

      Dec 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matthew

      The whole focus on the Mormons is a sideshow, but this El Coyote thing is just farce.

      Shouldn’t we all have something better to do? Is El Coyote really one of the top fifty obstacles between gays and marriage?

      Dec 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChristopherM

      Somebody wants attention.

      Dec 8, 2008 at 7:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason

      Umm, I’m not terribly invested in this but the woman managed an establishment that was all too happy to make its money from the gay community. If she resigns, I say good riddance.

      And I don’t see why it’s somehow unreasonable to decide to not spend our money at establishments where prominent individuals turn around and use it against us. We’ve been kinda flaky about this issue in the past, y’know.

      Dec 8, 2008 at 7:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • badlydrawnbear

      can someone explain what the heck the el coyote is and why oh why are they getting so much coverage over a $100 donation?

      Dec 8, 2008 at 7:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scudder

      Don’t forget the tithing, too. More than $100 is going to the Mormon church. Go ahead and eat there if you choose, just remember you’re contributing to the future loss of gay rights.

      Dec 8, 2008 at 7:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tony

      I’m sorry but I’m pleased with the attention this is getting. I don’t favor making these people pariahs, but we have a right to know who has sided against our community. If this makes some people reconsider where they donate their money, all the better.

      Dec 8, 2008 at 7:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Raphael


      The differences between a donor who gave $100 and one who gave $100,000 is that the second donor is wealthier. However, the bigotry of the two is equal.

      Dec 8, 2008 at 8:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chuck


      BINGO! Point well made. And one that is all too often ignored, sad to say.

      When we as a community minimalize or sniffle at a small but deliberate act of bigotry and hatred, as not being worth geting all excited about, we are giving it our tacit approval and permission to continue to exist.

      Like a small acorn of no sifnificance, a little bit of bigotry can grow to the same proportions of a mighty oak, as we recently saw in California.

      There too, we underestimated the “size’ and scope of the bigotry and hatred behind Proposition 8.
      The lesson to be learned from this painful defeat?

      Never underestimate your enemy.

      Dec 8, 2008 at 8:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chuck

      @Joe Moag:

      Bruno, I am shitting my pants laughing at your post. I love it.

      With the substitution of just one word in that sentence, you have put the whole inane issue into perfect perspective. ;-)

      Dec 8, 2008 at 9:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chuck

      Oops…hit the wrong reply button. Actually, both of your posts were very funny.

      Dec 9, 2008 at 12:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mark

      *hands Marjorie a sh*tty smelling NY Police walki talki as a parting gift*

      Dec 9, 2008 at 1:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • horus

      el coyote can rot in hell…

      Dec 9, 2008 at 11:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe Moag
      Joe Moag

      @horus: Along with their quesadillas, which, I hear, taste like hell.

      Dec 9, 2008 at 11:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • badlydrawnbear

      sorry I wasn’t trying to quibble over the size of the donation I am trying to understand who, what, or where the El Coyote is and why this is such a big deal that it is getting multiple posts on queerty.

      The best I can tell a manager of a small restaurant in BFE So Cal donated a small amount of cash to Yes on 8. Important to the local GLBT community I am sure. However, I am wondering why this one donation by this one individual is getting multiple posts and, via the WWW, national and international attention?

      Just looking for some context to that the posts seem to be lacking.

      Dec 9, 2008 at 11:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wendy

      You know, I hate the food there. I really do. I can’t think of any place with worse Mexican food. I’d rather go to a chain like El Torito. But my husband and child like it for the nostalgia factor, so we’d go there fairly frequently (relative to the other places we eat out). Like I said in another post, no mas. They lost our business. No more humoring these people. No more patronizing their establishments or spending hard earned money in their businesses. You want to be a kook? Knock yourself out. I’ll be down the street enjoying a meal at Susina. I am annoyed that all these years I contributed to this woman’s salary, and meanwhile she was another handservant of the fundies.

      That farce of a press conference just reinforced my belief that boycotting the faux Mexican cuisine at El Coyote was the right decision; she didn’t sound one bit sorry for her donation OR her vote, she was just sorry she got caught.

      Dec 9, 2008 at 3:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John

      I think it’s pretty simple, this restaurant has been a favorite spot for meeting friends after work for the 2 decades I have lived in the area. the primary customers have always been gay men. No one knew the place was owned by a person who was taking their money and giving it to a group/church/dictator who used the funds to take away their equal rights. I am pissed as I have spent thousands of dollars on food and drinks at this place, and Mormons are required to give 10% of their earnings to the church every year, it’s not just a $100 donation, it’s money gathered over a period of time that COULD have been used to help the poor, or unwed pregnant mothers or the homeless…instead they trampled the American flag and chose to rule with their ideology, spending millions of dollars to attack a minority group, a group who financially supported a restaurant owned by the very people who screwed over their own patrons…the math isn’t complicated here, El Coyote is fucked and I will never eat there again AND will pay attention to whom I give my money to in the future.

      Dec 9, 2008 at 3:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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