Google opposes CA Proposition 8

and so should you! I think it is awesome that Google made a public statement about this. According to the Official Google blog:

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.

Google opposes CA Proposition 8 and so should you.
(h/t Lawyers, Guns and Money.)

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15 Comments

  1. BROWN TRASH PUNK!
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    that is pretty cool. you know if “Christians” hate gays and lesbians soooo much, why the hell are they in a liberal blue state!!! They should get the F out of Cali and go move to Alabama or somewhere else in the Deep South where homophobia is the norm.

  2. Posted September 30, 2008 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    +1000 respect points for Google. It’s definitely risky for a company to take a political stance, but they obviously thought it was more important to do what is right. Send Google a thank you note here:
    http://services.google.com/feedback/share_success

  3. Posted September 30, 2008 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Google deserves plaudits for standing up for its workers.
    On the other hand, it deserves criticism for banning the sale of anything it slaps with the overbroad label of “adult” on Google Checkout, and for pruning most things sexual from its Google Suggest feature, even for users who’ve requested unfiltered results.
    Standing up for marriage equality is huge, of course – but making space for robust discussions of sexuality on the Net is pretty important, too.

  4. Posted September 30, 2008 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I’m sure its a precarious balancing act for corporations, dykelawyer. Several years ago, various Christian organizations threatened to boycott grocery stores that carried a local alternative weekly paper in my hometown, because it featured Savage Love. The weekly finally had to bow to pressure and removed Savage Love from print (its still available on their website), because the grocery chains threatened to remove its paper in light of the boycott call. The paper didn’t agree with the politics, but felt it had no other recourse if it wanted to stay viable. I’m sure Google is under great pressure from non-profits and the government alike to help make the net a safer place for kids. Is it justified? No. But I understand their motivations.

  5. religiousfeminista
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Google!
    I want to point out that no where in the above statement is Christianity mentioned. And it is unfair to assume that everyone in the south is homophobic. Some Christians believe the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin. Some Christians believe God rejoices when God’s children find love in all forms. There are many, many devoted Christians working towards marriage equality and equal rights both within and outside of the church. I am one of them.
    I hope the people of California vote down Prop 8 and stand as an example for the rest of the country. And don’t discount those who are on your side with sweeping generalizations.

  6. Lelah
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I am a Christian who proudly supports gay and lesbian marriages. I hate being categorized as a hate-filled fundamentalist just because I love God. Hate makes baby Jesus cry!!!
    Down with Prop 8, and up with LOVE and RESPECT for fellow human beings.

  7. Flippy
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Seriously, BTP, it’s that “If you don’t like it, get out” mentality we’re trying to get rid of.

  8. diner.coffee
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    “that is pretty cool. you know if “Christians” hate gays and lesbians soooo much, why the hell are they in a liberal blue state!!! They should get the F out of Cali and go move to Alabama or somewhere else in the Deep South where homophobia is the norm.”
    Have you ever been to the South? I grew up in Atlanta and I can tell you that homophobia is not the norm. Not everywhere in the South. I’ve seen more homophobia in Minneapolis than I ever saw in Atlanta.
    People from the rest of the country are always hating on the South. I find this especially ironic because the message is always “people in the South are violent/hateful/ignorant” And yet, who has the hateful, ignorant beliefs?

  9. Spider Jerusalem
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    OK, this is tangential, but I was hanging out at Fry’s yesterday (in CA) and I heard this commercial on the TVs that sounded like EVERY BAD STEREOTYPE the right wing has come up with in the past ten years rolled out together.
    “Tolerance is one thing, but now they’re trying to legislate tolerance. Your freedom of religion and belief is at stake.”
    Motherfuckers, replace “gay” with “black” and then use the same arguments, and see where it gets you.
    I never thought I’d actually here such an ugly commercial in Los Angeles.

  10. -jro-
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    whats with the regional strife going on here?? We’re all on the same team peoples, stop the in-fighting.

  11. Posted September 30, 2008 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    In response to Rachel:
    Businesses often have legitimate reasons for restricting sexual content. But Google is in a very different position from even a large grocery store chain. Google is not really vulnerable to a religious-right boycott, for one thing. More importantly, Google is an Internet behemoth; it has an unusually pivotal role in facilitating or restricting online speech and commerce. There is really no reason for it to restrict sexual content for those adults who are looking for it, and on top of that Google seems to have fairly broad ideas of what constitutes unacceptable “adult content.”
    In the case of Audacia Ray, they pulled her account because of a short film she was selling that as far as I can tell doesn’t include explicit sex but is rather a humorous film about trying to sell an unwanted sex machine. Because Google didn’t like that, she couldn’t sell her t-shirts, or her book about sexuality on the Internet, on Google Checkout either.
    Obviously, big companies like Google can do what they want, but if they are too censorious they can put sexual speech at a serious disadvantage in terms of reaching a broad audience in comparison to other kinds of speech.

  12. marilove
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Could your comment have been anymore ignorant, bigoted, and intellectually lazy, BROWN TRASH PUNK!?

  13. Posted September 30, 2008 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Hey, Google is following their motto about being not evil! Unexpected, and very heartening.

  14. Roja
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    That’s great, I’ve already donated to fight prop8 in CA.
    I just wish google would take a more progressive approach to censorship and privacy in countries that are the enemies of free speech. (i.e. my own country of origin, Iran)
    I have heard that google helped the chinese government arrest a political dissident by providing private information to the government.
    I don’t mean to bash google, it’s just that citizens of some countries could use a little bit more support (or just simply more ethical practices) from companies like google when it comes to human rights and free speech.

  15. Destra
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Google can do no wrong. All hail.

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