Andrew Sullivan, one of the biggest advocates for gay marriage out there, on the sudden resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich after a public campaign to get him fired succeeded. In 2008, Eich gave $1,000 to the group which supported California’s Prop 8. Prop 8, was California’s public referendum which suspended gay marriages in that state until it was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer.
Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.
Both sides of this argument have pretty much been overrun by their extremes. Instead of just going with a more libertarian “Hey, just leave everyone alone” stance, both sides (with the left now going to this extreme) have hunkered down on their positions.
Let’s just be honest here, the gay marriage side won folks. It is going to happen, probably nationwide in the next 15 years. The problem the left is now having is one most advocacy groups don’t want to admit victory and then close their doors (You know, like most sane people would do.). They have professional activists who need paychecks, so the battle must go on.
Even if it means free speech and religious liberty must be sacrificed in the process. Congratulations gay rights groups, you’ve started a modern-day inquisition.