Apr 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Whenever the topic is broached, proponents of same-sex marriage assert that people who have reservations about redefining the primary building block of civilization are simply on the “wrong side of history.” Now, no one would deny that the political crusade for same-sex marriage is on the march. But it must not actually be historically inevitable. If it were, its advocates could relax and enjoy watching the grand chronological process unfold, like waves eating away at a barrier island. That’s hardly what we’re seeing. Instead, pressure is being cranked up on any person of influence or standing who dares to disagree, with an insistence that the recalcitrant oddball buckle under and begin displaying a Maoist degree of political conformity.
We know that Eich made this donation only because someone at the IRS—where President Obama assures us there’s not a “smidgen of corruption”—leaked the National Organization for Marriage’s tax documents to the press. At the time Eich was “outed,” so to speak, he made a statement on his blog saying that the donation was not motivated by animosity or hatred. He further explained, “not only [is] insisting on ideological uniformity impractical, it is counter-productive. So I do not insist that anyone agree with me on a great many things, including political issues, and I refrain from putting my personal beliefs in others’ way in all matters Mozilla, JS, and Web.”
Eich’s plea for respectful disagreement hardly put the matter to rest. Indeed, an outcry began immediately upon his being named CEO. In a short-lived publicity stunt, dating service OkCupid blocked users from accessing their website with Firefox browsers. Within the tech industry, a column from Owen Thomas, the managing editor of tech gossip website Valleywag, began making the rounds. Thomas made the following demands of Eich:
Stop saying that this was merely a private matter that won’t affect your work as Mozilla’s CEO. That’s disingenuous and beneath a leader of your stature.
Say that whatever chain of logic led you to conclude that your personal views required you to support Proposition 8 was flawed, erroneous, incorrect. You may well maintain those same views—that’s your prerogative—but you don’t have to draw the same conclusions from them today as you did six years ago.
Go further. Say that you support the rights of people to enter into same-sex marriages everywhere. Say that you will not only support employees in the United States who are in same-sex marriages, but that you will also fight for the civil rights of Mozilla employees who work in societies with less progressive views.
Finally, make a donation equal in amount to the money you gave to Proposition 8 and candidates who supported it to the Human Rights Campaign or another organization that fights for the civil rights of LGBT people.
Writing at First Things, an anonymous member of the tech industry sympathetic to Eich observed, “One of the most striking things about this passage is its tone, or perhaps we should say its genre. The remedies demanded (public recantation, propitiatory sacrifice) are of the sort necessitated by ritual defilement, rather than the giving of offense.” In any event, the angry zealots were appeased. Eich resigned last Thursday.
In light of this, the statement from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) greeting Eich’s resignation was ironic, to say the least: “Mozilla’s strong statement in favor of equality today reflects where corporate America is: inclusive, safe, and welcoming to all.”
6:41 PM, Apr 3, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Bill Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996, is now set to be honored a gay lobbying group in Los Angeles.
"Former President Bill Clinton will be honored with an award for his advocacy for gay marriage, gay and lesbian lobbying group GLAAD said on Wednesday," Reuters reports.
7:38 AM, Apr 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with Mara Liasson, Ed Gillespie, and Charles Lane, yesterday on Fox:
7:32 AM, Mar 27, 2013 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as being between couples of the opposite sex. Today they’re hearing them on the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman at the federal level. Like Roe v. Wade, the high court’s decision on these cases is likely to fuel the culture war for a generation or two, at least. Unlike with Roe, the Court seems to understand that it’s been handed an issue of enormous consequence.
Matt Labash loves him some hatechickenAug 13, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 44 • By MATT LABASH
Last week, at the beach with my family, I deliberately ignored all newspapers. Not for the reason most people do—because print is dead. But because whenever I’m surrounded by salt -water, steamed crabs, and even mediocre fishing, I tend to hold that true happiness is having no idea what chronically bothered people are talking about.
10:40 AM, Jul 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has told Chick-fil-A that the fast-food company is not welcome in his town because "Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values." In other words, because Chick-fil-A ownership believes in traditional marriage, it shouldn't bother opening up shop in Chicago.
11:48 AM, May 15, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Last Friday, Gallup released a poll showing the country almost evenly divided on Obama's gay marriage endorsement, but 26% of Americans said Obama's move made them more likely to vote against him while 13% said it made them more likely to vote for him. By a 12-point margin, independents said they were more likely to vote against Obama because of his endorsement of gay marriage.
7:29 AM, May 15, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
When President Obama came out last week in favor of redefining marriage, he couched his opinion in the context of federalism, saying, “I think it is a mistake to — try to make what has traditionally been a state issue into a national issue.” During that same interview, however, he declared that a bipartisan law designed to protect states from judges who redefine marriage in other states, is “unconstitutional.” It’s very hard to square these two statements.
9:00 AM, May 11, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Now that President Obama has announced that, having been for gay marriage (in 1996) before he was against it (in 2004 and 2008), he’s now for it again (in 2012), the Wall Street Journal editorial board comes perilously close to suggesting that Mitt Romney should change his position on the issue.
9:00 AM, May 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden is at least part of the reason President Barack Obama came out in favor of same sex marriage yesterday, the president admitted in the interview on the issue with ABC's Robin Roberts:
8:42 AM, May 10, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
This morning on ABC, President Obama said that he thinks same sex marriage should be allowed. "I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married," the president said.
But he also reaffirmed his belief that same sex marriage is a states' rights issue, and that it's therefore OK for states to ban the practice:
Really?6:35 PM, May 9, 2012 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
The debate over same sex “marriage” has engaged the heartfelt feelings and convictions of millions of Americans. Then there is Barack Obama.
3:50 PM, May 9, 2012 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
Here at THE WEEKLY STANDARD we are prostrate with admiration! President Obama's sudden reversal of opinion on gay marriage was, by any measure, an incredibly gutsy thing to do.