Mark Steyn got into trouble (as if—the kind of trouble David Ortiz feels when he sees a hanging curveball) for citing this old Bob Hope chestnut:
“I’ve just flown in from California, where they’ve made homosexuality legal. I thought I’d get out before they make it compulsory.”
As he learned—as so many have learned—gay does not mean what it used to mean (cheerful: happy, jolly, merry, bright, glad, sunny, joyful, joyous, lighthearted, in good spirits, in high spirits, sparkling, bubbly, exuberant, buoyant, ebullient, elated, gleeful; breezy, cheery, jaunty, animated, radiant, smiling; jovial, genial, good-humored; carefree, unworried, untroubled, without a care in the world; informal upbeat, chipper, chirpy, peppy, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, full of beans; dated gay; formal jocund, blithe):
Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich has stepped down, the company said on Thursday, after an online dating service urged a boycott of the company’s web browser because of a donation Eich made to opponents of gay marriage.
The software company came under fire for appointing Eich as CEO last month. In 2008, he gave money to oppose the legalization of gay marriage in California, a hot-button issue especially at a company that boasts about its policy of inclusiveness and diversity.
“Brendan Eich is a good friend of 20 years, and has made a profound contribution to the Web and to the entire world,” venture capitalist Marc Andreessen tweeted.
Eich donated $1,000 in 2008 in support of California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state until it was struck down by the Supreme Court in June.
His resignation came days after OkCupid.com, the popular online dating site, called for a boycott of Mozilla Firefox to protest the world’s No. 2 Web browser naming a gay marriage opponent as chief executive.
That’s it. A single $1,000 donation (pocket change, toll money), and it’s off to Elba for this guy. (I want to say Robben Island just to pi** people off.) You don’t have to agree with him—I don’t—to find his treatment abhorrent (detestable, hateful, loathsome, despicable, abominable, execrable, repellent, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, disgusting, distasteful, horrible, horrid, horrifying, awful, heinous, reprehensible, obnoxious, odious, nauseating, offensive, contemptible).
I do. Just as I find the compulsory baking of gay wedding cakes abhorrent (detestable, hateful, loathsome…).
We grew up learning that our republic protects the minority from the tyranny of the majority. But who or what protects the majority (Prop 8 passed) from the tyranny of the minority?
I support gay marriage, but I’m strongly tempted to drive to the nearest Chick-fil-A for lunch. I hate bullies of all shapes and colors, including rainbow.