Google Is Against California’s Proposition 8

September 27, 2008 at 9:30 pm | Posted in American politics | 12 Comments

not looking good for that proposition.

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.

Posted by Sergey Brin, Co-founder & President, Technology

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  1. Pacific Gas & Electric and Levi Strauss & Co. are funding the anti-prop 8 campaign as well.

    http://cbs5.com/local/levis.gay.marriage.2.825828.html

  2. Levi Strauss is on board the anti-wagon? What was I thinking when I considered Church Doctrine in my decision-making? 501s always get my vote!

  3. baaaaaah!

  4. I think you should all consider the backlash that will happen once prop 8 passes. Canada, Massachusetts, Etc. are all experiencing unheard of outbreaks of disease, pedophilia, crime, etc. along with increases in divorce, children with one parent, etc. Also, did you know that once Gay Marriage passes, that means that it will be mandated in schools that they teach our children that homosexuality is NORMAL and ACCEPTABLE and that homosexual feelings should be explored and encouraged?!?! What are we doing people? Schools cannot even say the word father or mother because it is discriminatory! Are we MAD!? Marriage certificates will not say bride and groom but Party A and Party B. EDUCATE YOURSELVES! DON’T LET MAINSTREAM MEDIA BE YOUR WAY OF DECIDING. PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS AND DO NOT LET 4 JUDGES OVERTAKE THE PEOPLES VOTE. IT WILL ONLY GO DOWN HILL FROM HERE. STOP THIS OUTRAGEOUS BEHAVIOR FROM OUR GOVERNMENT. Please, visit http://www.protectmarriage.com and read before you vote. It is the responsible thing to do.
    Thank you.

  5. SAM,

    “unheard of outbreaks?” So….er…..how did YOU hear of them if they are unheard of…

  6. Ugh, Sam.

    If prop 8 can be done legally and without any inflicting of measurable rights deprivation, I would love to have marriage defined constitutionally in the same way that our inalienable rights are endowed by our creator.

    If passing prop 8 would result in social damage, we have to rethink that position. The argument that the loudest people want something is not reason enough to pass legislation.

    If prop 8 goes down and there is social damage (I don’t necessarily think there would be), it needs to be re-thought.

    If there is SSM being taught in schools as 100% appropriate and viable as an alternative to traditional valued marriage practices in one’s family, look for Public Schools to bust and Charter and Private Schools to boom. Vouchers will go back on the ballot- but win. I kow that’s were my kids will be going.

  7. “Canada, Massachusetts, Etc. are all experiencing unheard of outbreaks of disease, pedophilia, crime, etc. along with increases in divorce, children with one parent, etc.”

    So, you’re saying the gay lifestyle is so appealing that there is no evading its siren call? That those who have never given a single thought towards sexually abusing children will suddenly be overcome with burning desire for little Tommy and/or little Janey?

    I guess it must really be one heck of a swell time if one decides to change their whole lifestyle despite the risks of contracting “unheard of” outbreaks of disease.

    “Also, did you know that once Gay Marriage passes, that means that it will be mandated in schools that they teach our children that homosexuality is NORMAL and ACCEPTABLE and that homosexual feelings should be explored and encouraged?!?! What are we doing people?”

    Well, I think the basis for claiming some kind of mental illness or impairment on the part of homosexuals was tossed out by the medical community a long time ago. Good luck on getting them to change their minds back again so that they’ll diagnose them all as being mentally sick. Yet, somehow, they manage (despite their supposed impairment) to hold down jobs, contribute to society, pay their taxes, etc.

    “Schools cannot even say the word father or mother because it is discriminatory!”

    So I guess those old “Dick and Jane” readers are going to have to undergo some pretty dramatic revisions.

    “Are we MAD!?”

    I don’t think I am. But I’m beginning to have serious doubts about you.

    “Marriage certificates will not say bride and groom but Party A and Party B.”

    Oh, my gosh: it’s the end of the world. Maybe you can console yourself with the thought that even though they might say “Party A” and “Party B”, you know what they really mean. After all, you seem to know so much already.

    “EDUCATE YOURSELVES!”

    I will if you will.

    “DON’T LET MAINSTREAM MEDIA BE YOUR WAY OF DECIDING.”

    OK, I’ll promise to stop watching Fox News if you will.

    “PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS AND DO NOT LET 4 JUDGES OVERTAKE THE PEOPLES VOTE.”

    If I remember correctly, it’s the job of judges to determine what is Constitutional and what is not.

    “IT WILL ONLY GO DOWN HILL FROM HERE. STOP THIS OUTRAGEOUS BEHAVIOR FROM OUR GOVERNMENT.”

    I think there are plenty of other outrageous things that our government has done that should have raised your ire way before this issue came up. Starting and escalating wars based on phony intelligence and staged propaganda events are a couple that come to mind.

    “Please, visit http://www.protectmarriage.com and read before you vote. It is the responsible thing to do.”

    I’m still waiting for someone to rationally explain how this endangers my marriage, unless it’s that old irresistable siren song thing again that you’re warning me against. Up to now, I’ve been pretty resistant to switching my “orientation”, but I guess we’ll have to check back with me in a few years after the voters defeat this.

    “Thank you.”

    You’re welcome.

  8. Some evidence that no on prop 8 has implications for 1st graders:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/10/11/MNFG13F1VG.DTL

  9. one point, truther

    parents had the choice to let their kids go or not. Nothing was forced on those kids

  10. I assume you agree that it nonetheless has implications for 1st graders.

  11. But of course. As it does the fact that it was THEIR lesbian teacher that got married. Surely that has implications for 1st graders that a lesbian was teaching them about life. But alas, it is allowed in this world.

  12. It has implications for 1st graders, but only to the extent that the parent’s aren’t paying attention to the information provided them on the field trip forms which they must sign before their kids leave school to do something out of the ordinary.


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