Leatherby’s Boycott Melts–The Inside Scoop
Supporters line out the door in support of Family Ice Cream Parlor, delivering a humiliating defeat to protesters
Leatherby’s was targeted Sunday for protest by No on 8 supporters because owner Alan Leatherby, his business, and his relatives gave a total of $20,000 supporting the “Yes on 8” campaign. Proposition 8 was a measure passed by California voters on Nov. 4 that put a ban on gay marriage in the state.
The inside scoop from the front lines on the Leatherby’s boycott is that Leatherby’s loyal supporters pummeled the opposition. Standing in front of the store holding signs and giving away free ice cream, the dozen or so protesters were perplexed by the stream of constant customers.
“No on 8” supporter Rachel Gregg was undeterred. “I think that providing people with information is never a bad thing to do,” she said, “Make an informed choice about where they are spending their money.”
Smiling and waving, families and couples walked past the protesters and straight into the store. Offers of free ice cream went untaken. As the evening wore on, the support continued to grow, spilling out of the creamery doors onto the sidewalk. Leatherby’s managers had to call in extra help to serve all the supporters.
Dave Leatherby Jr. greeted the protesters and shook some of their hands. Leatherby said he doesn’t have any animosity or hatred toward anyone.
“Our vote was not a vote of hate. It wasn’t a vote against them,” Leatherby said. “It was a vote to support something that we though was good. I have no animosity toward anyone.”
At one point the wait for Leatherby’s famous icecream was an hour and a half, but supporters still streamed in.
“We’ve had people drive in from Auburn,” Leatherby said. “It’s nice to have friends, it really is.”
Monday, nearly two weeks after the election, and long after the demise of Scott Eckern and others like him through these boycott tactics, No on 8’s leadership finally came out against the tactics being deployed by it’s supporters against local businesses.
I find it personally amusing that this statement comes less than 24 hours after their humiliating defeat on the steps of one of Sacramento’s finest creameries.