Mini rant of a dead horse

Okay, so much more important stuff to write about, but I cannot resist because this one bugs me so much:

Anyone accessing the popular dating site OKCupid with Firefox today is in for a surprise. Instead of the homepage, OKCupid.com is serving Firefox users with a message calling out Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for his support of California’s Proposition 8, highlighted by a $1000 donation made in 2008. “Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples,” the message tells users. “We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.”

Enough of this.  Corporate CEO’s surely have all sorts of beliefs that would be considered odious to the average liberal.  But somehow gay marriage is the one that we should all be taking collective action on?  Hey look, I feel for gays and think they have the right to get married.  But I’m not going to apologize for feeling more strongly for the poor and oppressed who are truly struggling just to get by every day in a system that is stacked against them.  Do many CEO’s take an Ayn Randian view of the poor in their hammocks?  Surely, but where are all the boycotts for this?  I just wish there were more to on-line active liberalism these days than a seemingly singular obsession with gay marriage.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

3 Responses to Mini rant of a dead horse

  1. Ben Bishin says:

    The boycotts are in those places where the state and local governments have passed laws or constitutional amendments abridging basic rights and liberties of the poor simply for being poor. You can’t find many of those place though, because those laws are no longer (or never were) on the books. A range of laws restricting policies designed to punish gays and lesbians for being gay are law in numerous states, and basic protections ranging from non-discrimination in employment, to adoption, to taxes and hospital visitation are lacking in many places.

    This comparison between the poor and gays is a false choice. The poor have it very tough and some of that is the result of government policy, but very little (if any) of that policy restricts the behavior of the poor because those in power want to punish them solely because they are poor. That is not true of anti-gay policy.

    • Steve Greene says:

      I’d be all for boycotts based on “A range of laws restricting policies designed to punish gays and lesbians for being gay are law in numerous states, and basic protections ranging from non-discrimination in employment, to adoption, to taxes and hospital visitation are lacking in many places” But I think a CEO holding the view that gay marriage should not be legal is a fairly different animal.

  2. BlythBros. says:

    “But I’m not going to apologize for feeling more strongly for the poor and oppressed who are truly struggling just to get by every day in a system that is stacked against them.”

    I understood your point here, but I think that the wording simplifies the struggles of some gay people, especially outside of the US (not really the scope of this though). I think it can also be misconstrued to imply that gays only occupy financially successful social. Again, I see where you’re going and it’s a good point, but I think the wording is unnecessarily off-putting.

    And either way, thanks for the consistently interesting content and commentary.

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