Who can be against fairness and equal rights? That's why gays got strong public support in their fight for a law that would have banned job discrimination based on sexual orientation. But who can sympathize with vandalism and physical attacks? That's why some gay activists--through breaking windows and throwing food at the governor--threaten to erode support for their cause.
Their complaint is with Gov. Pete Wilson, who this week unwisely vetoed AB 101. This bill would have prohibited employers from discriminating against a person because of sexual orientation. AB 101's author, Assemblyman Terry B. Friedman, had succeeded in allaying business fears about unnecessary lawsuits. Thus the gay community felt that by his veto the governor betrayed it to placate right-wing Republican elements.