Google Comes Out in Support of Gay Marriage

Awesome.

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.

7 Comments

  1. I respect Google’s desire to protect its employees and others from discrimination, but I don’t know where they and others find the basis to describe marriage as a fundamental right. Moral societies have always placed restrictions on marriage, e.g., age, number, gender. If we want to grant same-sex unions the right to the term marriage, then we as a society can vote to do so, but I don’t know that it becomes or ever was a “fundamental right”.

  2. Simple. All adults are considered equal in what they are allowed and not allowed to do. Marriage is one of them. Marriage between two adults is a right everyone should have.

  3. It’s always nice to see support. I can’t believe how many people oppose gay marriage here in CA. While grabbing some scuba stuff on Saturday, I ran into (well, I thought of it anyway) a bunch of early teens in church robes holding their “Honk if you oppose gay marriage” signs. The majority of people in the intersection (a major one) did not honk, in turn flipped them off, ignored, or gave the thumbs down (myself). Generally, the people I see in favor of the ban have no business in the matter.

    On Thursday, I sighted a “Yes on 8” sticker carefully placed on the back window of a camper-shelled GMC dually, complete with every magnetic “we support” sticker you can purchase, American flag/Bald Eagle tinting, and 50+ yo woman smoking a long white cigarette with the window cracked about a half inch. Classy. Cathleen Turner anyone?

    To Paraphrase Ignatius; “It could reflect a persons lack of theology and geometry; it could even cast doubts upon one’s soul.”

  4. Generally speaking I think marriage is a flawed institution, but that may just be me being bitter after being the kid in the middle of 3 of them. Still, I’m all for anyone of arguably sound mind marrying anyone else of arguably sound mind.

    I rate the people of google nearly as high as I rank librarians.

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