OkCupid co-founder regrets donation to Rep. Cannon

Amid the kerfuffle that was Brendan Eich’s resignation, it has since come to light that Sam Yagan, co-founder of okcupid, once donated $500 to the very socially conservative (read pro-traditional-marriage) Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah). With okcupid staring at the obvious double-standard, something had to give.

Naturally, it didn’t take long for the “I regret my donation, but I’m not a bigot like Eich is,” press release from Sam Yagan:

“A decade ago, I made a contribution to Representative Chris Cannon because he was the ranking Republican on the House subcommittee that oversaw the Internet and Intellectual Property, matters important to my business and our industry. I accept responsibility for not knowing where he stood on gay rights in particular; I unequivocally support marriage equality and I would not make that contribution again today. However, a contribution made to a candidate with views on hundreds of issues has no equivalence to a contribution supporting Prop 8, a single issue that has no purpose other than to affirmatively prohibit gay marriage, which I believe is a basic civil right.”

In other words, “what Eich did was way worse than what I did so please, go back to crucifying him and don’t make me explain myself.”



Nate is founder of the blog YouDecidePolitics.com. He is a software developer by day.


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