NOM recently reported on claims that JP Morgan Chase asks its employees if they identify as LGBT and if they are allies of the LGBT community in surveys to assess their management team. I rarely agree with them, but I do here. If this is happening, it's wrong. Marriage equality opponents are wrong, but they shouldn't be fired for it. The question about LGBT identity is even worse. If it is happening, then it's sexual orientation/gender identity discrimination. (By the way, NOM, ENDA would make that illegal. Maybe you should get on board.)
But their attempt at criticism of marriage equality supporters for Brendan Eich's resignation fell hilariously flat. They said (emphasis added):
We all watched in disbelief when Brendan Eich, CEO of Mozilla,was forced to resign his position because six years earlier he had contributed $1,000 to California's Proposition 8 campaign preserving marriage in that state as the union of one man and one woman. Eich was runout of the company by a band of angry gay marriage activists and their allies who mounted a public protest inside and outside the company. They branded him 'unfit to serve' as the CEO of the company he co-founded.Brian, pick one. How can we have both "mounted a public protest" and "been silent"?
Many leading gay marriage supporters including Andrew Sullivan appropriately decried these totalitarian tactics at Mozilla, but leading gay marriage groups such as the Human Rights Campaign have been silent.
To me, this is an indication of how desperate they are to paint us as intolerant, even if it means getting the facts and logic wrong. They're not looking for what happened. They're looking for the most damning indictments of us, even if those indictments are mutually exclusive, if we can't possibly be guilty of both.
The other thing is that it was not "gay marriage activists" who got him to resign. This is what happened:
1. He donated to Prop 8.
2. His donation to Prop 8 made him unpopular with the general public and Mozilla's customers.
3. Mozilla promoted him to CEO.
4. Mozilla's customers became angry at Mozilla for appointing someone that they didn't like as CEO.
5. Seeing the harm that his appointment was causing Mozilla, Eich resigned.
Pretty uncontroversial in my opinion. If NOM wants to keep viewing it as an issue, then I only get more laughs.
6:05 PM PT: I accidentally wrote "marriage equality supporters are wrong" when it should have been "marriage equality opponents are wrong". Thanks to GayIthacan, ExpatGirl and sfbob for pointing that out. My apologies for the error.