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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dennis Herrera Implies Homosexuality Is a Choice, Upsets Gays

Posted By on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Weighing the gay vote
  • Weighing the gay vote

The gay-friendly, Dennis Herrera, San Francisco's city attorney who last year filed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay marriage, "accidentally" referred to homosexuality as a sexual preference rather than an orientation. In other words, he made it sound like being gay was a choice.

The mishap was posted on his mayoral campaign Web site and later reported by the Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco's LGBT publication.

According to the Reporter, the Web site read the following: "Dennis Herrera believes that protecting San

Francisco's quality of life is a fundamental value. It means that San Francisco

should remain an enjoyable and safe place to live and work for people of

regardless of their race, sexual preference, national origin or income."

The site has since been fixed to read sexual orientation. Herrera's staff claimed it was an oversight and a technical error. 

"It was a harmless screw up," said Herrera's spokesman Matt Dorsey, who is gay.

Dorsey then quickly tried to bring some levity to the situation. "I had to explain to the web masters that my sexual orientation is gay and my sexual preference is Ben Affleck,"  Dorsey said.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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