Report: OkCupid CEO Donated to ‘Anti-Gay’ Campaign Too

by Andrew Johnson

The CEO and co-founder of the company that led the charge to oust Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich last week for his $1,000 campaign donation to define marriage as a man and a woman in California in 2008 also contributed to a campaign that . . . supported defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Mother Jones reports that OkCupid’s Sam Yagan donated to the 2004 congressional campaign of Representative Chris Cannon, a Utah Republican who served from 1997 to 2009.

While in Congress, Cannon supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage between a man and a woman, and voted against workplace discrimination bill for LGBT employees, among other issues at odds with the gay-rights movement.

But rather than demand that Yagan face the same fate as Eich, writer Hannah Levintova instead flips the script.

There may have been some “nuance” to Yagan’s support for Cannon, she writes, an excuse he didn’t grant to Eich for similar behavior. When you consider that, MoJo contends, OkCupid’s crusade “starts to look more like a PR stunt than an impassioned act of protest.”

UPDATE: 3:38 p.m. Yagan told the San Francisco Chronicle that he would not have contributed to Cannon’s campaign had he known his position on same-sex marriage.

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.