Marriage Supporters, Stop Apologizing, Resigning, and Backing Down

In 2008, a man named Brendan Eich made a $1,000 donation in support of California’s Proposition 8, which stated that marriage was defined as the union between one man and one woman. This union was ordained by God and practiced for thousands of years. Eich was co-founder and CEO of the company Mozilla, creator of the web browser, Firefox. Eich also created JavaScript, a programming language that web surfers use every day.

California voters passed Proposition 8 by 52 percent. The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled the law defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman unconstitutional.

Christian Rudder, founder of a dating web site called, called for a boycott of Mozilla because Eich confirmed the belief in a society-building unit the whole world has understood for thousands of years. “Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.”

First of all, no one believes in marriage “equality.” Marriage equality would mean anyone could marry whomever they wanted at any time. Do homosexual “marriage” proponents believe children or brother and sister should marry? Second of all, homosexuals have the same rights as everyone else. What they want are special rights. But I digress.

The leftist web burst into a storm of indignation, calling for Eich’s head. They got it. Because of the pressure or his concern for the company he helped found, Eich stepped down.

Supporters of retaining the definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman have called for a Firefox boycott. I wish Eich had weathered the storm until his opponents grew bored and moved on to the next “controversy,” but he probably figured it wasn’t worth it. Christians, traditional marriage supporters, and like-minded folks, we must stop apologizing, resigning, and backing down.

It’s disheartening when people on the side of righteousness step away, step down, and recede. As I wrote in a recent WORLD column on Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy backing away from supporting marriage:

“There will  be consequences to what we say and do, so let the fallout flow from the righteous cause.”

People have called the homosexual brigade the “Gay Gestapo” and “fascists.” Invoking Nazism might be cliché, but it’s apt. Conservative Christians especially need to push back against the mainstreaming of perversion. This country is moving closer to the point where speaking out against pedophilia will subject us to similar treatment. Sound ridiculous? Not too long ago, the idea of two men “marrying” sounded equally ridiculous. And now look where we are.

Don’t cave.

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