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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Reading Comprehension

posted by on July 15 at 10:57 AM

Yesterday I Slogged about David Benkof, the anti-gay-marriage homosexual who recently wrote an op-ed in the PI about how the California marriage ruling caused “real harm” to hetero couples. Sniffles. Anyway, he said heís no longer supporting man-woman marriage in the US. I wrote that Benkof ďannounced heís pulling out of anti-gay marriage movement. In fact, it looks like heís opposing marriage altogether.Ē Then, in the comments, someone identifying himself as Benkof wrote this response:

You might want to work on your reading comprehension skills. Between blogs and E-mails I have noticed at least 75 people who read my post, none of whom except you think I’m against marriage altogether. I think marriage is great. I want to get married someday. I have just stopped blogging and writing op-eds (Tuesday’s San Jose Mercury-News is the last one) in response to the “marriage equality” movement.

In the interest of reading comprehension, here’s what Benkof wrote on his blog:

It is with great sadness that I announce that I feel I must withdraw from openly supporting man-woman marriage in the United States. I recently learned quite a bit of disturbing information that makes it impossible for me to continue supporting a movement I no longer respect. I have not yet decided when or even if I will write about why Iím ending my participation in this debate.

Visitors to Benkof’s blog will now find a blank page.

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i guess the question is was it really benkof in the comments? and if so he's dumber than previously thought.

Posted by douglas | July 15, 2008 11:11 AM

I'm with Benkof. He's withdrawing open support, not taking a stance against it.

Posted by Emily | July 15, 2008 11:12 AM

Yeah, sorry Dominic, as much as I think the guy is whacky it's clear he said "open support."

Posted by Sam | July 15, 2008 11:24 AM

Using an anonymous comment to refute someone seems like a major grey area of journalism.

Posted by Danny Westneat | July 15, 2008 11:40 AM


Though some might deem it the province of Credulous Hackery...

Posted by NapoleonXIV | July 15, 2008 12:16 PM

That sounds like David... and tracks with what he has privately expressed to me.

Posted by Mickymse | July 15, 2008 1:11 PM

I just read his Opinion in the PI, it says

"Openly gay Washington state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, and a representative of the largest Michigan gay-rights group, the Triangle Foundation, have both told me that people who continue to act as if marriage is a union between a man and a woman should face being fined, fired and even jailed until they relent."

I find this hard to believe...

Posted by DJSauvage | July 15, 2008 1:37 PM

Can't he be sued for slander, since he's lying?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 15, 2008 2:24 PM

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