US: Group offers free legal support to anyone fired for being anti-gay marriage

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A group of lawyers is offering free legal support to anyone who has been fired for being anti-gay marriage.

The Alliance Defending Freedom fund, which is based in California, says it will consider representing anyone who has been dismissed from their job because of “their support of marriage”.

According to WND, the group is offering “free legal analysis and possible pro bono representation to anyone losing his or her job or suffering other job-related consequences”.

The group’s senior counsel Joseph Infranco said: “People who exercise their First Amendment freedoms should not be bullied into silence and forced out of their livelihood.

“We will consider representing Californians or citizens in other states who have suffered job consequences for their support of marriage through the most American of activities: participating in the political process – a legal activity that is not disruptive to the mission of the employer.”

Charles LiMandri, president and chief counsel of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, allied with the ADF, said: “Employers should not give in to a handful of intolerant activists who would seek to blacklist their fellow Americans for doing nothing more than exercise their constitutionally protected freedom to support various causes.”

“No employer should be allowed to ignore their employees’ First Amendment freedoms or their employees’ freedoms under state law.”

Former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich stepped down from his post in April, after three of the company’s directors resigned over anti-gay marriage donations he made to the Prop 8 campaign.

Eich refused to clarify his position on same-sex marriage, and would not rule out donating money to other anti-gay causes in future.