Intent on continuing their quixotic crusade against equality, the National Organization for Marriage is hosting a gala to raise money for their second annual "March for Marriage" with tickets higher than $10,000. To be fair, each $10,000 in the larger packages buys an entire table intended for 10 guests, but that still breaks down to $1,000 per seat. Bigotry doesn't come cheap.
The National Organization for Marriage is urging gay marriage opponents to remove Firefox from their computers in response to Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s controversial resignation on Thursday, The Washington Post reports:
The National Organization for Marriage said in a statement that the exit of CEO Brendan Eich on Thursday -- Eich resigned amidst pressure over his contributions to the 2008 ballot measure outlawing gay marriage in California -- resulted from a "McCarthy-esque witch hunt."
“When Brendon Eich made his modest contribution to support Proposition 8, Barack Obama was on the ballot as a candidate who said he believed marriage was the union of one man and one woman," NOM president Brian Brown said. "Now Eich has been the target of a vicious character attack by gay activists who have forced him out of the company he has helped lead for years."
Eich’s resignation has even been a point of contention among some gay rights supporters, with Andrew Sullivan saying Eich had been "scalped" by gay activists and Bill Maher blaming it on a "gay mafia" of sorts.
Markos Moulitsas offers a levelheaded response in his post at DailyKos:
Of course this is intolerance. Would Sullivan rush to this guy's defense if it turned out he was a Grand Wizard in the KKK? Of course not. We are allowed to be intolerant of people who operate outside the bounds of civil decency. This wasn't governmental action infringing on any Constitutional rights. This was Mozilla developers saying they refused to do work with a bigot, private websites blocking access to the Firefox browser because they refused to do business with a bigot, and employees of the firm speaking up because they refused to work for a bigot.
In short, it was the free market expressing itself. Eich was perfectly within his rights to stay at Mozilla, but he would then face a hostile market and eventually faced the reality that he couldn't do his job in that environment. The free market spoke, and a free market enterprise was forced to react.
Anti-gay activist Robert George, the Chairman of the 'United States Commission on International Religious Freedom' and the co-founder of the 'National Organization for Marriage' (NOM) is calling for a boycott of Mozilla in reaction to several employees calling on CEO Brendan Eich to step down for his donation to Proposition 8.
Wrote George in a post on Facebook:
The employees of Mozilla evidently think that people like me, and perhaps you, are not morally fit to be employees of their company. They are attempting to force out their CEO because he made a financial contribution in support of the ballot initiative to uphold marriage in California as the union of husband and wife. The CEO isn't out yet, but he has already caved to the pressure, apologizing for "causing pain" by supporting marriage. (See the story linked to below.) That won't be enough. His "sin" is unforgivable under the new morality. He'll soon be gone.
So I have just deleted Mozilla Firefox from my computer. If I'm not morally fit to be their employee, I'm not morally fit to use their products. If you are a faithful Catholic, Evangelical, Eastern Orthodox Christian, Mormon, Orthodox Jew, Muslim, or member of any other tradition that believes that marriage is fundamentally the institution that unites a man and woman as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children born of their union, providing those children with the inestimable blessing of being brought up in the committed bond of the man and woman whose union brought them into being, or even if you believe in marriage thus understood quite apart from membership in any community of faith, I would ask you to do the same. Why contribute to the prosperity of those who would exclude you? Cancel Firefox or any other Mozilla product. Sure, its competitors are probably "just as bad," but we have an opportunity here to send a message to all of them.
I have no problems with employers having morals clauses in people's contracts. But if someone believes in adultery, and a Christian or Jewish or Muslim school or other institution won't employ them because they commit adultery, I wouldn't expect them to contribute to the collection plate or pay a subscription at the church, synagogue, or mosque. So why should we buy and use Mozilla products?
If you agree with me, I would also ask you to copy this message and forward it to friends who share our pro-marriage views. Let everyone in your church or house of worship know what Mozilla thinks of us---and what we think of them.
Yesterday, the dating service OK Cupid blocked users of Mozilla's Firefox browser in protest of Eich's anti-gay views. As David Badash points out, now both gay and anti-gay activists are demanding a boycott of Firefox.
Eich's donation was revealed by a pair of gay married developers who announced they were planning to boycott Mozilla's platform in protest.
In an exchange that really crystallizes the tremendous progress gay rights has made, National Organization for Marriage founder Maggie Gallagher shared her thoughts with The Huffington Post about losing the marriage battle, writing "I have a lot more freedom now to figure out what I want to do with the next 20 years of my life."
I went into this fight, in good conscience, because I believed it mattered and that I had something to contribute. I did not promise myself I would win. I promised myself I would do everything I could see, to do this good, to fight for marriage as a universal human institution with certain goods and goals. I feel a great deal of contentment about that. I can see some things I might have done differently, but basically I was at post. One cannot do anything better with one's life than stand up for what you deeply believe in, i.e, to speak truth, whether in power or to power.
Gallagher acknowledged that nationwide marriage equality is on the horizon and said social conservatives will ultimately need to reformulate the role they play in society:
As I said last summer, it was clear to me from reading Windsor [the U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor], gay marriage advocates now have five votes for inserting a right to gay marriage in our Constitution. We are now in the 'gay marriage in all 50 states' phase whether we like it or not. What's next? In my view people who believe in the traditional understanding of marriage, and believe that it matters, have to become a creative minority, finding way to both express these sexual views, culturally, artistically and intellectually and to engage with the newly dominant cultural view of marriage respectfully but not submissively.
She went on to share her thoughts on religious exemption legislation like the failed proposal in Arizona and why she thinks there has been a such a dramatic shift in public opinion among religious groups regarding LGBT rights.
You can check out the full, fascinating interview HERE.
Some unusually bald-faced hate from NOM reacting to California Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio's campaign ad, which we reported on earlier this week.
Via the NOM blog:
It's a beautiful summer day in southern California. Throngs of people line streets as paraders march by. They include transvestite brides (men in wedding gowns) who strut their stuff. Nearby a float with bare-chested, heavily muscled men in tight underwear that leaves nothing to the imagination hold hands and dance on a rolling stage as rainbow flags fly behind them. Not far away women kiss other women and tattooed men embrace, pulling their half-naked bodies tight to each other. A confused-looking child watches this scene unfold as she holds a 'we celebrate diversity' sign, not exactly the type of plaything we'd expect innocent youngster to cling to.
In their midst the candidate walks down the street holding the hand of his gay lover. He waves at the crowd and smiles approvingly. These are his people, and he is at home.
Who is he? He's Carl DeMaio. A homosexual activist who calls himself a Republican. And he wants to be a Member of Congress.
Do you want a person like Carl DeMaio in Washington serving as a role model, voting on issues affecting hard-working American families? If not, please help Kirk Jorgensen stop him.
Carl DeMaio claims to be 'one of us' but his vision of America is very different from ours. He comes from an environment where sexual morality is a thing of the past, where children are indoctrinated into questioning their own sexuality, where gender is considered fluid but sexual orientation is fixed, and where a candidate who supports abortion, gay 'marriage,' gun control and medical marijuana can call himself a conservative — and a "reformer."
Writes Jeremy Hooper:
NOM is an anti-gay group. It always has been an anti-gay group, NOM messengers just used to be better about hiding it behind a "protect marriage" veneer. Those days are long gone. Check out this new horror story that reads like something from Anita Bryant's '70s era imagination...
..."Holding the hand of his gay lover"? What next, NOM, are you going to reveal the scandal of this openly gay candidate attending brunch? Buying groceries with his "lover" in tow? Watching Modern Family and seemingly laughing with rather than at the gay couple? Seriously, I can barely stand the anticipation. What other juicy details are you going to unveil to the world, you discriminatory and divisive group, you?
Former San Diego councilman Carl DeMaio, now a Republican candidate for Congress, is making headlines for a brief segment of a new campaign ad which features his partner, Johnathan Hale, as the couple marches in a Gay Pride parade, the Wall Street Journal reports:
Several GOP campaign officials and Elizabeth Wilner, who tracks campaign ads for the nonpartisan firm Kantar Media, said it was the first time they knew of a candidate of either party airing an ad featuring a gay partner. The implications are deep for a Republican Party whose platform defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman at a time when same-sex marriage is becoming more broadly accepted.
"This is who I am," Mr. DeMaio said in an interview. "It's something that's important to me. I want to embrace equality, and feel like the party should, too."
NOM is a foe of DeMaio and plans to run ads against him before the June 3 primary.
The WSJ adds:
He is one of the party's top challengers this year as it tries to unseat Democratic Rep. Scott Peters. Although other Republicans are running for the seat, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) has given Mr. DeMaio $10,000, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) contributed $5,000. Conservative Georgia Rep. Tom Price kicked in $1,000.
Watch the ad, AFTER THE JUMP...