Fox News' Bill O'Reilly on Monday accused supporters of gay marriage of intimidating opponents into submission.
O'Reilly made his comments while discussing the controversy surrounding the recent resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. Eich lasted less than two weeks as CEO of Mozilla, stepping down earlier this month over a $1,000 donation to the campaign to approve Proposition 8, California's 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment restricting marriage to heterosexual couples. Proposition 8 stood until last year, when the Supreme Court left in place a lower court ruling knocking it down.
The incident, O'Reilly told panelists Mary Katherine Ham and Juan Williams, highlighted how “one of the reasons gay marriage has come on so strong in the USA is intimidation.”
“If you donate money to a traditional marriage cause, okay, we're going to hurt you. We're going to hurt you. We're going to find out where you live. We are going to try to take your job. Maybe do vandalism to your home – big, big difference, is there not?” he said.
“Threats and demonization,” O'Reilly added, “has put gay marriage over the top.”
“That is the technique that turned the tide – intimidation and harm. That's what won it,” he said.
Writing at Equality Matters, Luke Brinker responded: “Accusing gay activists of using violence and intimidation to advance marriage equality is part of a broader conservative narrative that depicts LGBT people as being the real bullies, even as the LGBT community continues to be disproportionately targeted for hate crimes.”