Debra J. Saunders

He certainly has the right to take his group's case before voters. But if gay activists want the support of the majority of Californians, they should exhibit some respect and tolerance toward those with whom they disagree.

Since 2004, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom opened up City Hall to same-sex marriages in violation of state law, same-sex marriage supporters have demonstrated that if they didn't like a law, they could break it. Then, when the California Supreme Court ruled in their favor in 2008, Newsom famously crowed, "This door's wide open now. It's going to happen -- whether you like it or not."

After Proposition 8 passed, opponents targeted citizen donors to the "yes" campaign for harassment. Their threats of retaliation and boycotts -- which forced a handful of Proposition 8 donors to resign from their private-sector jobs -- fed the suspicion that if same-sex marriage is legalized, any dissent against the practice would not be tolerated.

And their selectivity has been breathtaking. After all, Barack Obama ran for president in support of civil unions, not same-sex marriage. Yet as activists picked on relatively small Proposition 8 donors who did not have the clout to fight back, somehow Obama can keep his job.

Debra J. Saunders

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