Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

‘Office’ star discusses Prop 8

Oscar Nunez, who’s straight but plays the gay character Oscar Martinez on NBC’s “The Office,” called the Bay Area Reporter Tuesday, November 11 to talk about Prop 8 and suggested the measure’s opponents should try to gain support by helping other communities.

For example, the Cuban-born Nunez said, same-sex marriage supporters could organize events such as 5K runs in places like East Los Angeles, which has a large Latino population.

Assisting other communities, whether providing books for libraries or raising funds for playground equipment, even without mentioning Prop 8, could encourage support of the marriage equality in return, he said.

Nunez indicated he might look into organizing an event himself. The actor, who’s also in “The Proposal,” a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds that’s expected to open in June, said he donated $25 or $50 to the No on 8 campaign at a friend’s wedding.

Referring to the large demonstrations that have sprung up around the state since the measure passed last week, Nunez, who lives in Los Angeles, said he understands protests are necessary, but “I don’t think you can argue your way into anyone’s brain.”

“You’re never going to change the mind of the Mormon Church,” whose members dumped millions of dollars into the Yes on 8 campaign, he said.

– Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, November 13, 2008 @ 1:09 pm PST
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