This appears to be an unlawful suppression of unpopular speech. As I said in my reply, no one has the right to shut down speech just because they don’t like it. Offensive speech, such as insisting that GLBT people don’t have real families, or as one cluelessly hateful commenter said, that “[gay people] are weeds in the garden of life,” is one thing, while policy or behavior that does tangible harm to people is another. As far as I can see, the anti-gay employee group that filed the lawsuit has only indulged in the former, for which they should be chastised and ridiculed, not banned and silenced. Likewise for the offensive speech by commenters on the Townhall site.
Despicable speech is not limited to anti-gay knuckle-draggers, though. Rick Sincere and Matt Comer both have excellent posts up about the horrible comments directed at an 18 year old activist from the far-righty hate group Young Americans for Freedom (Eugene Delgaudio was once its executive director, back in the day) who recently came out/was outed as gay. These cruel, vicious outbursts are not coming from the anti-gay right, but from some within the GLBT community.
I’m happy to join Rick and Matt in saying that this speech, protected though it may be, is vile. No, the young man doesn’t get a pass for his hypocrisy and contribution to anti-equality causes, but 1) people make stupid mistakes, especially when they’re 18 and trying to figure out who they are , and 2) talking about anyone like this, below the update is inexcusable. Cut it out.