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In other words, the Yes On 8 - Protect Marriage campaign employs a legal team that apparently won't employ anyone who isn't a conservative, evangelical Christian for any of that organization's paid positions.
That would probably be interesting news to the Mormons who are volunteering time and have already donated approximately five million dollars (which is about 35% of the funds the campaign has raised) to the Yes On 8 - Protect Marriage Campaign -- the legal team that the Yes On 8 - Protect Marriage organization hired for their campaign discriminates in its hiring practices against a large segment of the campaign's faith-based donor base.
And to boot, David Benkof's an interesting character to make this statement. Timothy Kinkaid, with whom I've worked previously at the Ex-Gay Watch, wrote a piece for the Box Turtle Bulletin entitled David Benkof: Behind the Mask. Benkof apparently is an ex-gay who was one of the founders of the Q-Syndicate (an LGBT publication), and contributed to the publication between 1995 to 2003. In recent years he's been seeking to be influential in the restriction of LGBT rights and equality.
Two points, in summary:
- Discrimination is discrimination -- the Yes On 8 - Protect Marriage Campaign hiring a legal team that in its hiring policies discriminates against Jews and Mormons is as wrong-headed as hiring policies that discriminate against LGBT people.
- David Benkof really is an interesting character to connect the dots on discrimination by evangelical Christians towards people of other faiths since he now appears to be for discrimination of LGBT people -- it really seems that now he's only against discrimination when it's about how he currently identifies, not about how he previously identified. It kinda seems like he's just an upscale version of a James Hartline archetype.
* Washington Post (July 10, 2006): Bringing the Church to the Courtroom
* California's Prop 8: Polling Showing Voters Moving To Defeat Measure
* PROP 8 ballot wording rewritten: to ELIMINATE RIGHT of Same-Sex Couples to Marry
* The Fundamental Freedom To Marry
* Pam's House Blend tags: Proposition 8; Prop 8; Marriage Equality
Crossposted with permission from Pam's House Blend