Protests Target Bill Clinton's Talk At Hotel

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN DIEGO (AP) - As many as 200 people have protested a speech
by former President Bill Clinton at a San Diego hotel that became a
boycott target when its owner donated money to pass a gay marriage
ban in California.

Gay rights and union leaders rallied outside the Manchester
Grand Hyatt on Sunday to oppose owner Doug Manchester's donation of $125,000 to last year's Proposition 8 campaign and to demand
improved working conditions at the hotel.

Clinton gave a speech at the hotel to the annual convention of
the International Franchise Association. He spoke about the
economic stimulus plan and the election of Barack Obama.

Protest organizers say 200 people joined the rally. Police
estimated the crowd at 150.

Same-sex marriage advocates have called for a boycott of the
hotel since last year.

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