Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Support Freedom to Dissent

by Norris Law Group on May 2, 2014

12990851_sOn Thursday, April 24, the Deseret News reported that Real Clear Politics has published an open letter dated April 22, 2014 and signed by fifty-eight prominent supporters of same-sex marriage. In this open letter titled Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both, the signatories support both the right for same-sex couples to legally marry as well as the right of others to oppose such unions and dissent as to whether they should be designated as “marriages.”

The letter cites the case of Brendan Eich, former CEO of Mozilla, Inc. who resigned his position in April 2014 after it came to light that he had donated $1000 in support of Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot measure which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman in that state. Although Proposition 8 was passed by a majority of voters, the law was later overturned in federal court in 2013, ultimately making same-sex marriage legal in California.

In the open letter, the signatories (who cross the political spectrum) opine:

There is no evidence that Brendan Eich, the Mozilla CEO who resigned over his $1,000 donation to California’s Proposition 8 campaign, believed in or practiced any form of discrimination against Mozilla’s LGBT employees. That would be a very different case. He was pressured to leave because of personal political action he took at a time when a majority of the American public shared his view. And while he acknowledged the pain his donation caused, he did not publicly “recant,” which some suggested he should have done as the price of keeping his job.

The Deseret News notes that the letter points out that Eich was pressured to leave Mozilla for a donation to the Proposition 8 ballot at a time when the majority of Americans shared his view, including President Barack Obama (who later said that his opinion on same-sex marriage has since gone through an “evolution”).

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