Today in the Wall Street Journal‘s online Political Diary (available by subscription), John Fund addresses a specific manifestation of an issue we have long addressed on this blog, the preference of some gay marriage advocates (many, it seems sometimes) to prefer the tactics of intimidation to persuasion.
At issue is their attempts to gain access to, in Fund’s words, “the names of 138,000 people who signed a petition to put forward a November ballot measure to protect traditional marriage”:
The gay groups want to put the names online, which could lead to signers being harassed along the lines of what happened to donors to Proposition 8 in California last year. Yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who authored the landmark decision overturning state anti-gay laws, nonetheless blocked a federal appeals court ruling that would have allowed release of the names.
Given how busy I am at present with various projects related to my dissertation, I don’t have much time to explore this issue in depth. So, I’ll conclude this post by building on the question posed in the title: Why do some gay activists prefer the tactics of intimidation to those of persuasion? Why are they so loath to make the case for gay marriage?