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Take action! Microsoft f*cks over gays

Here’s the homo-bigot that Microshaft’s newly-pious Bill Gates is cowing to.

John over at AMERICABlog has the scoop on the lying, filthy, lowdown corporate bigots at Microsoft that have decided to toss gays overboard after years of supporting the community…all because of pressure from ONE Religious Reich activist. From the Washington state publication, The Stranger:

The Stranger has learned that last month the $37-billion Redmond-based software behemoth quietly withdrew its support for House bill 1515, the anti-gay-discrimination bill currently under consideration by the Washington State legislature, after being pressured by the Evangelical Christian pastor of a suburban megachurch.

The pastor, Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, met with a senior Microsoft executive in February and threatened to organize a national boycott of the company’s products if it did not change its stance on the legislation, according to gay rights activists and a Microsoft employee who attended a subsequent April 4 meeting where Bradford L. Smith, Microsoft’s senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary, told a group of gay staffers about Hutcherson’s threat….

And what is worse, Bill’s Money Machine planned to hide the fact that it was withdrawing support for the anti-discrimination legislation.

DeLee Shoemaker, an aide to former Governor Gary Locke who now handles state-level government relations for Microsoft, had issued a letter in support of the bill. “We are going to be providing copies of that letter to the committee,” he said. McCurdy spoke too soon. Murray says that beginning on February 7 he began receiving calls from company employees informing him that Hutcherson was pressuring the company to change its position on the bill. Murray eventually contacted Shoemaker. She admitted to him that Microsoft was planning to change its position on the bill. “I told her, ‘This is a crisis. It will kill the bill,'” he says. “She said no one will know.”….

This company is so f*cking huge that it doesn’t need to be the doormat of the Right. Is this company as ball-less as the Democratic Party?

John has several action items with Microsoft contact information; please go to AMERICABlog for the latest efforts and requests.

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