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OkCupid Hypocrisy: Dating Site CEO Donated to Anti-Gay Congressman

| by Allison Geller

The buzz generated by dating website OkCupid against former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has an ironic flip side. The dating website's CEO, Sam Yagan, has also donated money to support an anti-gay campaign.

OkCupid’s message for Firefox users spurred the resignation of new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who headed the company for all of 10 days before stepping down amid growing controversy about a $1,000 donation he made to support California’s Proposition 8.

On the landing page for Firefox, OkCupid urged users to pick another browser instead of accessing the site through Mozilla.

“Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples,” it wrote before requesting that members stop using Firefox.

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"Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.”

Eich resigned on Friday as Mozilla tried to repair its image with statements about its "culture of openness."

But now it's out that the dating website’s chief operating officer, also CEO of Match.com, donated $500 to U.S. Congressman Chris Cannon in 2004. Uncrunched reports that Cannon, who received a rating of 0 percent on gay rights from Human Rights Watch during his 1997-2004 tenure in office, voted to ban gay adoptions and in support of a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage. The Utah Republican also voted against anti-discrimination protections for gay people in the workplace.

OkCupid’s indignant message and the ensuing media outcry are starting to look more like a PR stunt than a heartfelt stand for gay rights.

"We are pleased that OkCupid's boycott has brought tremendous awareness to the critical matter of equal rights for all individuals and partnerships," the dating website said in a statement following Eich’s resignation.

It has issued no comment about Yagan's donations.

Sources: Mother Jones, Uncrunched