Brendan Eich, co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer of Mozilla, resigned from his position of CEO on April 3. This followed a heated battle which launched calls for his ouster from Mozilla community members, employees, and OkCupid. This whole kerfuffle reopens an almost six year-old discussion regarding “Prop 8.” The 2008 initiative was an amendment to the California constitution which effectively banned same sex marriage in the state. Prop 8 was passed 52% to 48%. Yet, the Los Angeles Times places Prop 8 as the state’s “costliest initiative to date.” Eich’s contribution of $1000 is only a drop in the bucket compared to the overall $83 million raised. So who are the rest of the voters contributing to that total amount? Are there any others involved in geeky things, like Eich? Thankfully, LA Times provides a nifty little search bar to sort through all of the dirty laundry. Here are just some of the contributors that gamers, moviegoers, and all-around geeks may want to know about.
#11. Chance Thomas
Chance Thomas is currently at HUGEsound as a principle composer. He is also Audio Advisor for the annual Games Developer’s Conference. Chance also serves on the Board of Directors for the Game Audio Network Guild. His projects include music for games like: Might & Magic: Duel of Champions, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game, Littlest Pet Shop, The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. While working for Electronic Arts, Chance contributed $100 in support of Prop 8. Chance holds a music degree from Brigham Young University, cum laude.
#10. Scott Bowen
Scott Bowen is currently Senior Console Engineer at ChAIR Entertainment Group. His projects include: Infinity Blade II, Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth and Medal of Honor: Rising Sun. While working for Electronic Arts, Scott contributed $100 in support of Prop 8. According to his Google+ profile, Scott attended Brigham Young University.
#9. Jeremy Gess
Jeremy Gess is formerly Sr. Game Designer at Trion Worlds, Inc. He developed Defiance in tandem with the Syfy Channel. Specifically, Jeremy worked on population, mission, world, lore and story design. While working for Sony Online Entertainment, Jeremy served for five years as Game Designer II and Design Supervisor. He worked on many Everquest 2 titles including: Everquest 2: The Shadow Odyssey,
Everquest 2: Rise of Kunark, Everquest 2: Echoes of Faydwer, Everquest 2: Kingdom of Sky and Everquest 2: Desert of Flames. Jeremy contributed $100 in support of Prop 8.
#8. Whitney Peterson
At Mad Catz Interactive, Whitney Peterson serves as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary. Whitney joined Mad Catz in 1998 and has since overseen all compliance, litigation and risk management issues for the company. He negotiated numerous licenses and agreements with companies like: Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, Electronic Arts, Activision, Capcom, Namco and Ubisoft. Whitney contributed $1000 in support of Prop 8. He received his law degree in 1991 from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University, magna cum laude.
#7. Brandon Sawyer
Brandon Sawyer is currently a writer at DreamWorks Animation. His Twitter profile concisely asserts, “I write cartoons.” If you haven’t caught many of his past projects, the profile assure you: “It’s okay, I don’t watch your show either.” Examples of his work include: The Secret Saturdays, American Dragon: Jake Long, Brandy & Mr. Whiskers and Xiaolin Showdown. While working at Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Brandon contributed $1000 in support of Prop 8. Brandon attended Brigham Young University from 1992-1999.
#6. Hyrum V. Osmond
Hyrum V. Osmond is currently a Character Animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation. He is also Supervising Animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. According to IMDb, Hyrum is the nephew of Donny Osmond. He worked on several animated features. Most recently, Hyrum was supervising animator for Olaf in the movie, Frozen. His past projects include: Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled and Bolt. Hyrum contributed $2200 in support of Prop 8. He studied in the Animation Program at Brigham Young University.
#5. Mike Ward
Mike Ward currently serves on the Board of Directors for Healing Hands for Haiti. HHH is not-for-profit and not backed by government or religion. The organization “respects diversity” internally. The mission of the organization includes delivering sustainable physical medicine and rehabilitation education, training and care for the people of Haiti. While at Activision, Michael worked as Executive Producer on many projects including: 007: Blood Stone, Blur, Call of Duty: Black Ops, GoldenEye 007, Transformers: War for Cybertron and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. Michael contributed $5000 in support of Prop 8. Michael lists his education at Brigham Young University.
#4. Justin Kunz
Justin Kunz is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brigham Young University. Blizzard Entertainment had Justin on as Senior 3D Environment Artist working on World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandoria. So far, he is the most vocal supporter of Prop 8. He was quoted on “Un-scene Seattle GLBT’s Journal.” The blog post referenced there, however, was unlinked and Justin has since deleted any such posts. Archive.org comes to the rescue, and laid out his case October 27, 2008. In the following excerpt he worries about the future of our country while paying out $5000 in support of Prop 8.
“Several countries today are experimenting with the concept of homosexual marriage, but proponents point out that it is not a modern invention.
I am interested to learn what the record is for the longevity of the civilizations that have embraced it in the past.
Besides the examples we know of––ancient Rome, Greece, some Native American and African groups, Sodom & Gomorrah––there may be other civilizations in history that have experimented with redefining marriage that way.
What happened to them? How are they doing now? What would they tell us about how well it worked out for them? What does their silence foreshadow for America if we do not vote Yes on Proposition 8?”
#3. Aldric La’auli Porter
Aldric La’auli Porter is an Assistant Director and Co-producer. His movies include: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, True Lies, Indecent Proposal, Backdraft and European Vacation. Aldric has worked in film for over 30 years. He contributed $6000 in support of Prop 8. His education is listed as Brigham Young University.
#2. Keneth Swanson
#1. Alan Stock
Alan Stock is the CEO of Cinemark USA, Inc. The Texas-based company is the third largest chain of movie theaters in the country with 334 locations. Latin America hosts 148 locations of the chain. His support of Prop 8 at $9999 dwarfs that of Brendan Eich. He attended Weber University after returning from a mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His son attends Brigham Young University.