What do you do when you find out that the person you thought was laughing with you all these years turns out to be laughing at you? Maureen Mullarkey is famous for her paintings depicting gay pride parades and gay men, but the new Prop. 8 filings show that she donated to the campaign which eventually outlawed gay marriage in California. When questioned by a reporter, Mullarkey said, “If you write that story, I’ll sue you.”
The venue in question is none other than the New York Daily News, which has the details:
“Maureen Mullarkey, 66, made her sizable contribution to the National Organization for Marriage’s “Yes on 8” fund in June, a Daily News review of campaign records found.
The Westchester County woman was one of tens of thousands who poured a total of more than $83 million into the coffers of Proposition 8 support groups – money that helped convince California voters to overturn an earlier court decision granting gays the right to marry in the Golden State.
Questioned outside her home in tony Chappaqua – the same town where Bill and Hillary Clinton live – she refused to discuss her donation last night.
When asked how she could have donated money to fight gay marriage after making money from her depictions of gays, she just said, “So?”…
Gay activists felt betrayed at word of Mullarkey’s donation.
“If I were a buyer of her work, I wouldn’t buy it anymore,” said Charles Leslie, co-founder of Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation in Manhattan.”