Prop. 8 was ‘pure bigotry’

By From page A8 | April 22, 2014

Greg Johnson has more than a few facts incorrect in his commentary on Brendan Eich’s resignation from Mozilla. First, Eich was not forced to resign by anyone, he chose to resign. He had become a liability to the company he was supposed to lead, with a rebellion from employees, merchants who worked with Mozilla and users.

Second, Eich did not resign as soon as his Proposition 8 donation was made known, he resigned very soon after donations to anti-gay, anti-immigrant politicians Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul were discoverd.

Third, Johnson says he does not have “the moral authority to tell others how to think, or what is right.” Really? Johnson can’t say to another American that slavery is wrong and should be illegal? Or that discrimination based on race or religion is wrong? But discrimination based on sexual orientation seems to be just fine.

Fourth, Johnson compared President Obama’s thoughts on marriage from 2008 to Eich’s, but that is a false comparison. President Obama did not endorse Prop. 8 and certainly did not contribute to it. Also, the president has said he was wrong, that discrimination is wrong, while Eich has never stated that discrimination in marriage is wrong.

Next, Johnson must be extremely naive in thinking that there would be “utter outrage” if anyone were fired for being gay. There is no national law prohibiting firing someone for being gay, and most states do not have laws against that practice either.

Lastly, don’t forget what Prop. 8 was. It removed a basic civil right from just one group. If Prop. 8 removed the right to marry from other minorities, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, Jews or Muslims, or if it affected Johnson personally, I doubt that he would feel the same way.

As someone who waited 17 years to marry my husband, Prop. 8 was a direct attack on me and my family. Gays and lesbians were vilified as pedophiles and anti-family in the Prop. 8 advertisements. Brendan Eich resigning was not “pure bigotry” as Johnson states, Prop. 8 was.

Burch Bryant


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