I have theory about which I am so certain, I’m going to blog on it before I complete my research, indeed before I begin it.Â If I’m wrong, I will make a $25 contribution to each gay group (Equality California, Freedom (sic) to Marry, NGLTF, NCLR, HRC and Lambda Legal Defense) about which I offer my prediction.
I predict that none of the gay groups will be criticizing the judicial intervention which forced eHarmony to offer a companion site offering dating services for gay couples.Â None will be concerned about the implications of this settlement — that it could be used to limit the freedom of gay online services to cater exclusively to same-sex couples.
Furthermore, I predict that on none of the sites of the aforementioned groups will there be any serious introspection about the passage of Proposition 8.Â Of course, people might quibble about the meaning of “serious.”Â So, we may have to leave that open to debate.Â Should the situation allow, I promise to be open to persuasion from those who weigh in in the comments section.
Now to post this, then to update as i check each site.Â (To qualify for my contribution, criticism of the eHarmony settlement and serious introspection on Prop 8 must have appeared on their site before the publishing of this post, though i would certainly commend any statements which follow.)
ADDENDUM:Â You’re welcome to forward me links to statements by the leaders of these organizations which may not appear on their web-sites.
UPDATE:Â Searching the sites. . .
EQUALITY CALIFORNIA:Â Their post-election press releases define sore loser.Â Instead of accepting the result and accepting their responsibility in the passage of Prop 8, their first post-election press release announces a “Lawsuit Challenging Proposition 8, Should It Pass.”Â In none of the group’s subsequent releases, do its leaders take any responsibility for the passage of 8, they just lash out at their adversaries.Â There is no mention of the eHarmony lawsuit on their web-page.Â This only strengthens my conviction that Geoff Kors should step down as the group’s executive director.
FREEDOM (sic) to MARRY:Â Just one post-election press release.Â No introspection.Â No mention of eHarmony’s settlement and its threat to gay websites.
NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN TASK FORCE:Â A lot of self-congratulation on the efforts to defeat 8, but no introspection.Â No mention of the chilling potential of the eHarmony suit and settlement.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS:Â Ditto.
HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN.Â Ditto again, but did come across this gem from Joe Solmonese:Â “As free and equal human beings, we were born with the right to equal families.“Â Huh?Â We were?Â And, uh, what is an “equal family”?Â Does this mean I get to sue my parents for only taking us to DisneyWorld once whereas other kids from other families got to go multiple times?Â Joe, Joe, do you even have a rudimentary understanding of our founding documents and principles?Â Or do you just paste “equal” and “equality” into every statement you make because your organization’s logo is the equal sign.
LAMBDA LEGAL:Â No mention of eHarmony.Â No introspection.
My search complete, my theory proven, my funds secure.Â I’m actually surprised that none of the gay groups praised the eHarmony settlement (not yet at least).Â So maybe they’re not against freedom, hence, my decision to strike through that word in the title of this post.Â While I’d rather they join me in criticizing the settlement, it’s a good sign that they’re not praising it.Â Maybe they do recognize its chilling implications.