Back in 2008, Hollywood launched a ‘NO H8 crusade’ to defeat Proposition 8 in California; a bill that would limit marriage to a man and woman. It was a slick campaign featuring glamorous stars with duct tape on their mouths representing the inability to fully express ones personal beliefs and feelings.
What I didn’t realize until months later, is that after the vote, a “No on 8” group petitioned the courts in California for a list of the names of all the people who donated to, or supported, the proposition. The justice system agreed they had the right to these lists, which immediately resulted in a broad intimidation and retaliation campaign with activists showing up in loud groups at people’s homes and businesses to harass them for exercising their constitutional rights. Houses, shops, churches and cars were vandalized, lives were threatened, careers were destroyed.
An editorial in the Wall Street Journal at the time warned that this could be the beginning of some scary stuff.. and boy, were they right.
Regardless of where you stand on issues of the day, all of us should defend each others’ right to express our personal beliefs and feelings without fear of pop-up enforcement squads descending on our homes, schools or businesses to harass people into submission or force those who believe differently into involuntary compliance.
Speak up now to defend this most basic American freedom..
or buy duct tape.