Should have taken a stand back in 2008

July 6, 2013 

The June 27 editorial "Same-sex marriage rulings appropriate" stated that "The Modesto Bee did not take a position on Proposition 8 when it was on the ballot in 2008, largely because we believe gay marriage to be a personal — not political — issue."

This is illogical. Those who wanted gay marriage to be a personal, not a political, that is, governmental, issue, had to oppose Proposition 8. The Bee confuses "political" with "controversial." The Bee didn't want to be controversial, something that newspapers should be in cases like this.

The Bee goes on to say that the tide of public opinion has shifted and that The Bee now supports gay marriage.

What has really happened is that The Bee did not have the courage of its convictions in 2008, when showing a bit of courage may have actually influenced a few voters, but now that public opinion has shifted in spite of The Bee's inaction, it wants to get on the bandwagon.

This is bad journalism. It is also bad business. Courage sells more newspapers than failing to take a stand.

DAVID FROBA

Modesto

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