Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Google takes stand supporting Gay Marriage and No on California's Proposition 8

Google issued an official statement in opposition to California's Proposition 8 which would make Gay Marriage unconstitutional.

Google Blog "No on California Proposition 8"

"As an Internet company, Google is an active participant in policy debates surrounding information access, technology and energy. Because our company has a great diversity of people and opinions -- Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, all religions and no religion, straight and gay -- we do not generally take a position on issues outside of our field, especially not social issues. So when Proposition 8 appeared on the California ballot, it was an unlikely question for Google to take an official company position on.

However, while there are many objections to this proposition -- further government encroachment on personal lives, ambiguously written text -- it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8. While we respect the strongly-held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 -- we should not eliminate anyone's fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love."


Jeff said...

Ambiguous? What is ambiguous about marriage being defined as between a man and a woman.

If you want ambiguous, look at the no on 8 campaign that uses the scare tactic of "taking away rights."

Under California law, “domestic partners shall have the same rights, protections, and benefits” as married spouses. (Family Code § 297.5.) There are NO exceptions. Proposition 8 WILL NOT change this.

Darin said...

Having worked in a youth home, I know the laws in California are designed to not discriminate against gay couples ...

Jesurgislac said...

What is ambiguous about marriage being defined as between a man and a woman.

Marriage in California is not restricted to male-female couples. Nor is marriage in Connecticut or Massachusetts: and in New York state, any legal marriage is recognized.

Proposition 8 is about removing the freedom to marry from same-sex couples. As the freedom to marry has been recognized as a civil right in the US since June 12, 1967, Proposition 8 is about removing that right,