Peter Vidmar will not be the Chief of Mission for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London after all. He was offered the post and he accepted it, but then he resigned the post after an eruption of protests over a donation in 2008 to support Prop 8 in California.
While the U.S. Olympic Committee supported his right to express his personal views on marriage, Vidmar, like law firm King and Spalding when pressured not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, backed down.
But his is not the only case. A friend of mine recently lost a large consulting contract when an employee of the company found out he had spoken out publicly against same-sex marriage, even though the training offered had nothing to do with that issue.
Unlike Vidmar, my friend isn’t ready to give in and neither should any of us. The pressuring of businesses over this issue is likely to continue, and what’s at stake is even more important than the Olympic Games.