Recall the “insane rage of the same-sex marriage mob” in the immediate aftermath of the passage of Prop 8? Back then gay marriage advocates mocked Mormons, knocked a cross out of an old woman’s hands, boycotted a restaurant because on its employees cut a check to the “Yes on 8” campaign, forced the artistic director at the California Musical Theatre out of his job and otherwise insulted and vilified those who supported the successful referendum.
In our blog, we have several readers support such tactics, saying that those who sign a petition to overturn one state’s statute recognizing same-sex marriage or beauty queens who state their support of traditional marriage “have to live with the consequences” of what they say. If such consequences included civil criticism of their positions (similar to the response I outlined here), I would agree with my erstwhile critics. A person who makes public his opinion should expect it to be challenged.
But, he should not expect to be intimidated for those views.
The same logic they use to defend the tactics of “the same-sex marriage mob” could be used by intolerant anti-gay bigots to justify baiting gay people. They could say that by “flaunting” our sexuality, we’re just asking for ridicule and vilification.
Just as it’s wrong to intimidate or insult gay people who are open about their sexuality so too is it wrong to so respond to those who oppose state recognition of same-sex marriage.
Given the ridicule gay people faced in previous generations–and still alas today in some pockets of the country–when they came out, we should be the first to condemn anyone who publicly expresses a politically incorrect opinion.