Overstock.com Exec Wants To Protect Homophobic Religious Institutions From LGBT
Overstock.com Executive Vice Chairman Jonathan Johnson thinks that anti-gay religious institutions and individuals are the true victims of the War on Gays, and has publicly stated that they should therefore be legally protected from the LGBT community.
According to the Deseret News:
Jonathan Johnson, executive vice chairman of the online retailer Overstock.com and founder of the First Freedom PAC, said it's shocking to him that some people think churches don't need protection. He started the political action committee to combat what he sees as an assault on the First Amendment and to preserve the role of churches and religious associations in society.
"It makes me feel like if a same-gender couple goes to an orthodox Jewish rabbi and says, 'Marry us in your synagogue,' the 22 percent would say he has to say yes," he said.
"I'm surprised that anyone thinks that the government should force religions to do things," he said. "But because the religious liberties issue today is so tied to the same-sex marriage issue, I can see why it's a sore spot for people."
Johnson's comments draw an odd contrast to Overstock founder Patrick Byrne, who has been an outspoken advocate for marriage equality in Utah.
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