Talk Radio Hosts: Intolerant Gays See Traditional Marriage Support as Gay Hate

By Penny Starr | April 8, 2014 | 10:44 AM EDT

A celebration sign is posted at Mozilla headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

“What did Brendan Eich in was not that he gave $1,000 to support Prop 8 and stand for heterosexual marriage,” Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on Monday. “They couldn’t have done that unless standing for heterosexual marriage equals — this is the key — equals hatred for homosexuals.

“Brendan Eich doesn’t hate gays,” Limbaugh said. “By definition, it’s not possible for him to accomplish what he’s accomplished, but that’s what he became – a man of hatred.

“And how were they able to pull that off? Limbaugh asked.

“Because for years they have been equating opposition to them with hatred,” Limbaugh said.

“We’ve now moved from tolerance and benevolence to uniformity, conformity and coercion,” radio host Mark Levin said on Friday. “You must bake a cake for this wedding.

“You must never have made a contribution to this cause,” Levin said. “You must never have uttered these following words.”

Levin also noted that in 2008 – the year Eich made the donation – President Barack Obama was opposed to same-sex marriage.

“It seems to me that [Eich is] the victim of intolerance here,” radio host Sean Hannity said on Monday. “Look, the gay community has fought for – and I think the right word is tolerance – for many years.

“There is this intolerance out there because of maybe their religious faith, their upbringing – that if they take a position against gay marriage, that it must be rooted in some sort of bigotry or intolerance,” Hannity said.

Eich, co-founder of Mozilla, which makes the popular Firefox web browser, was appointed CEO on March 25, but resigned late last week after a backlash from critics unhappy with a $1,000 donation he made in 2008 to California’s Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that opposed same-sex marriage. The protests were largely spearheaded by an online dating website, OKCupid.

Mozilla executive chair Mitchell Baker confirmed Eich’s departure with a statement of apology: “Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.”

Yet, in a blog written two days after he took over as CEO on March 24, Eich wrote about his commitment to “inclusion” at Mozilla and spelled out actions he planned to take in his new role.

“I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion,” Eich wrote.

“You will see exemplary behavior from me toward everyone in our community, no matter who they are; and the same toward all those whom we hope will join, and for those who use our products,” he added. “Mozilla’s inclusive health benefits policies will not regress in any way.

“And I will not tolerate behavior among community members that violates our Community Participation Guidelines or (for employees) our inclusive and non-discriminatory employment policies,” Eich wrote.