OKCupid CEO donated to anti-gay marriage candidate

Mozilla's Brendan Eich was forced to resign for his support of Prop 8 in California in 2008.The online dating site OKCupid was a catalyst for getting him fired, urging its members and customers not to use Firefox because of Eich's position on gay marraige.

But it turns out that OKCupid's CEO, Sam Yagan, donated to Utah Rep. Chris Cannon's campaign. Cannon cast several votes in Congress against gay marriage and gay rights.

What should OKCupid's "community" do with this hater?

Mother Jones:

OkCupid's co-founder and CEO Sam Yagan once donated to an anti-gay candidate. (Yagan is also CEO of Match.com.) Specifically, Yagan donated $500 to Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) in 2004, reports Uncrunched. During his time as congressman from 1997 to 2009, Cannon voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against a ban on sexual-orientation based job discrimination, and for prohibition of gay adoptions.

He's also voted for numerous anti-choice measures, earning a 0 percent rating from NARAL Pro Choice America. Among other measures, Cannon voted for laws prohibiting government from denying funds to medical facilities that withhold abortion information, stopping minors from crossing state lines to obtain an abortion, and banning family planning funding in US aid abroad. Cannon also earned a 7 percent rating from the ACLU for his poor civil rights voting record: He voted to amend FISA to allow warrant-less electronic surveillance, to allow NSA intelligence gathering without civil oversight, and to reauthorize the PATRIOT act.

Of course, it's been a decade since Yagan's donation to Cannon, and a decade or more since many of Cannon's votes on gay rights. It's possible that Cannon's opinions have shifted, or maybe his votes were more politics than ideology; a tactic by the Mormon Rep. to satisfy his Utah constituency. It's also quite possible that Yagan's politics have changed since 2004: He donated to Barack Obama's campaign in 2007 and 2008. Perhaps even Firefox's Eich has rethought LGBT equality since his 2008 donation. But OkCupid didn't include any such nuance in its take-down of Firefox. Combine that with the fact that the company helped force out one tech CEO for something its own CEO also did, and its action last week starts to look more like a PR stunt than an impassioned act of protest. (Mother Jones reached out to OkCupid for comment: We'll update this post if we receive a response.)

The gay mafia is never around when you need them.

No doubt Yagan, who contributed to the Obama campaign in 2008, will say he's a reformed man and will promise to be a good little boy and goose step right along with the rest of gay activists who tirelessly search for targets to destroy.

But perhaps he should have mentioned his previous apostasy before working to bring down someone guilty of the exact same "crime" he committed.

Mother Jones is already spinning the story furiously, giving Yagan a chance for a heartfelt mea culpa. It should be interesting to see how Yagan responds to this evidence of his towering hypocrisy.  But there are some people on the left who can be forgiven while their previous beliefs are forgotten.

Mozilla's Brendan Eich was forced to resign for his support of Prop 8 in California in 2008.The online dating site OKCupid was a catalyst for getting him fired, urging its members and customers not to use Firefox because of Eich's position on gay marraige.

But it turns out that OKCupid's CEO, Sam Yagan, donated to Utah Rep. Chris Cannon's campaign. Cannon cast several votes in Congress against gay marriage and gay rights.

What should OKCupid's "community" do with this hater?

Mother Jones:

OkCupid's co-founder and CEO Sam Yagan once donated to an anti-gay candidate. (Yagan is also CEO of Match.com.) Specifically, Yagan donated $500 to Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) in 2004, reports Uncrunched. During his time as congressman from 1997 to 2009, Cannon voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against a ban on sexual-orientation based job discrimination, and for prohibition of gay adoptions.

He's also voted for numerous anti-choice measures, earning a 0 percent rating from NARAL Pro Choice America. Among other measures, Cannon voted for laws prohibiting government from denying funds to medical facilities that withhold abortion information, stopping minors from crossing state lines to obtain an abortion, and banning family planning funding in US aid abroad. Cannon also earned a 7 percent rating from the ACLU for his poor civil rights voting record: He voted to amend FISA to allow warrant-less electronic surveillance, to allow NSA intelligence gathering without civil oversight, and to reauthorize the PATRIOT act.

Of course, it's been a decade since Yagan's donation to Cannon, and a decade or more since many of Cannon's votes on gay rights. It's possible that Cannon's opinions have shifted, or maybe his votes were more politics than ideology; a tactic by the Mormon Rep. to satisfy his Utah constituency. It's also quite possible that Yagan's politics have changed since 2004: He donated to Barack Obama's campaign in 2007 and 2008. Perhaps even Firefox's Eich has rethought LGBT equality since his 2008 donation. But OkCupid didn't include any such nuance in its take-down of Firefox. Combine that with the fact that the company helped force out one tech CEO for something its own CEO also did, and its action last week starts to look more like a PR stunt than an impassioned act of protest. (Mother Jones reached out to OkCupid for comment: We'll update this post if we receive a response.)

The gay mafia is never around when you need them.

No doubt Yagan, who contributed to the Obama campaign in 2008, will say he's a reformed man and will promise to be a good little boy and goose step right along with the rest of gay activists who tirelessly search for targets to destroy.

But perhaps he should have mentioned his previous apostasy before working to bring down someone guilty of the exact same "crime" he committed.

Mother Jones is already spinning the story furiously, giving Yagan a chance for a heartfelt mea culpa. It should be interesting to see how Yagan responds to this evidence of his towering hypocrisy.  But there are some people on the left who can be forgiven while their previous beliefs are forgotten.

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