Google Comes Out Against Prop. 8: "Chilling And Discriminatory Effect…On Many Of Our Employees"
In their official blog yesterday (Friday, September 26th, 2009), Google posted an entry entitled Our position on California’s No on 8 campaign (emphasis added):
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.
I’m probably going to feel guilt free for quite awhile when I use The Google‘s search engine.
* Los Angeles Times: Google opposes ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage