Originally Posted by awediot
I get the principle and goal, but I still doubt the vast majority of people would actually hire someone to make a philosophical point to them.
You missed the point here. I do not believe Rick was saying he would hire someone to make a philosophical point. He was indicating the if the candidate appeared to be an excellent employee, he would not avoid hiring him just because personal beliefs were not in agreement. I did not get out of Rick's posts that he was saying he would hire someone just to make a statement.
I think Rick is spot on. I've hired several employees. A couple of them are devout Christians and although I'm out and proud at work, and they have supported me in some ways, I truly could not say how they voted on Prop 8. I don't ask about their religious or personal views on issues, I ask them job-related questions and simultaneously try to get an idea of how their personality will work on the team and how they would be for me to supervise.
If an applicant was anti-gay and voted yes on Prop 8, I would likely never know it until they were working for me. Then I would put aside any differences, treat them fairly as I do all my employees and continue being the person I am. Perhaps we could talk about it (or not - government environment doesn't always allow for open discussions on hot topics). If the person had a major problem working for a gay supervisor, they would probably look for another job.
The main point I got from Rick is, if we want to be treated fairly and equally, then we must also treat others the same. It's the Golden Rule principle - that so many have forgotten - and it applies to both sides of the equality struggle. However, in my personal experiences I see it mainly applied by GLBT and allies. It's been that way throughout the entire "Prop 8 era".