Following a flurry of controversy after Broadway star Susan Egan sent out an email pointing out that Scott Eckern, donated $1,000 to the Yes on 8 Campaign, the head of the Artistic Director for California Musical Theatre resigned today. In a release he said:
“I understand that my choice of supporting Proposition 8 has been the cause of many hurt feelings, maybe even betrayal. It was not my intent. I honestly had no idea that this would be the reaction. I chose to act upon my belief that the traditional definition of marriage should be preserved. I support each individual to have rights and access and I understood that in California domestic partnerships come with the same rights that come with marriage.
My sister is a lesbian and in a committed domestic partnership relationship. I am loving and supportive of her and her family, and she is loving and supportive of me and my family. I definitely do not support any message or treatment of others that is hateful or instills fear. This is a highly emotional issue and the accusations that have been made against me are simply not true.
I have now had many conversations with friends and colleagues,Â and I am deeply saddened thatÂ my personal beliefs and convictions have offended others. My choice to support the Proposition was personal, and does not represent the views and opinions of California Musical Theatre or the many people associated with the organization. I was required by law to identify my employer and occupation at the time of my donation.”
“…I am disappointed that my personal convictions have cost me the opportunity to do what I love the most which is to continue enriching the Sacramento arts and theatre community.”
Earlier, Avenue Q scribe Jeff Whitty, publicly forgave Eckern.