She Paints Gay Pride Parades– And Donates to Prop 8.

atlas_empWhat 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.”

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  • koalaboy

    I love how everyone who donated is pretty much embarrassed by it. I feel that whomever wanted to vote ‘Yes on 8’ had that right. They had the right to vote in private. However, those few who funded the bigotry have to pay the toll for their heinous actions. They should be embarrassed. If I knew Maureen Mullarkey I would definitely read her a new one. I’d tear her 66 y/o hair out hahaha

  • hardmannyc

    So how come there’s no link, and I keep trying to find on Daily News archive, no go; plus, Yahoo and Google searches reveal nothing. Are you sure it was Daily News?

  • Alan down in Florida


    If she lives in Chappaqua and is registered to vote in New York it makes it that much more heinous since her money helped to hurt Californians on an issue that was none of her damned business as a New Yorker.

  • leschuck

    Puts her “art” in a whole new light, doesn’t it? Yes–she is indeed laughing at us. All the way to the bank.

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