Apple issued a statement today opposing Proposition 8, the controversial initiative measure that would “change the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.
“Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.”
Regardless of your position on the subject, it is certainly a bold move on Apple’s part. You don’t often see companies of this nature taking a firm stance like this on such a controversial issue. Jobs and Co. must feel VERY strongly about this.
This issue will be vote on in November – and if you’re a Californian with an opinion on this – you need to get out there an express it by voting.
Since this seems to be a hot button issue with many different groups, let me go ahead and warn you now – hate speech will not be tolerated on this blog. If you want to discuss this – keep it civil.