A week ago, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a commemorative stamp in honor of Harvey Milk, the LGBT rights leader who was the first openly gay man to be elected to California public office. Days later, the anti-gay American Family Association encouraged its members to "refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp." So The Wire wanted to know: does this mean that the American Family Association will refuse to accept any donations by mail bearing the stamp in question? What about other anti-gay groups?
To test this, The Wire decided to send a series of small donations to a handful of anti-gay groups, in envelopes using the Milk stamp for postage. In addition to the American Family Association, we mailed donation forms to Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council. Originally, we chose the donation amount of $18, or one dollar for each state in the union with marriage equality. But the author was talked down to the more sensible amount of $5.
Basically, this is a win-win situation for The Wire and for the anti-gay organizations: if they accept the donations (made in a trackable format, under the name of this author), each organization will be $5 richer (every donation counts!) and this writer will forever have to live with the fact that she donated to at least one group designated as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center. If they refuse the donations, the demonstrate consistency and this writer's bank account will stay a little bit more full. Perfect.