So Apple's taking a side in the Culture Wars...
Apple has joined Google in publicly opposing a California ballot initiative that would deny marriage rights to same-sex couples.
The company announced Friday that it would donate $100,000 to the No on Prop 8 campaign, which opposes a measure to ban gay marriage that California voters will consider a week from Tuesday. Google has also spoken out against the ballot measure.
For those unfamiliar, a while back (2000) California voted to ban Gay Marriage. That decision was then over turned by the state's Supreme Court. Which has now led to a ballot initiative that will over rule the court and amend the California Constitution to permanently ban Gay Marriage.
Though I have many Gay friends I have to admit I can't bring myself to care either way on this. I'm against discrimination but Gay couples already have Domestic Partnerships which grant full Gay Partner rights. The law actually states "Domestic Partners shall have the same rights, protections and benefits" of married spouses. So what everyone is really arguing over is a word and I couldn't find that less relevant.
That said, I'm absolutely opposed to Apple, as a company, taking a side in this.
As an Apple Shareholder I'm offended that the company is taking a controversial position that could cost revenue and therefore make my stock worth less. Recent polls show Prop 8 will likely pass by a whopping 61% to 38% meaning there are far more people who will be potentially offended by this than there are people who will approve of it.
Now some will say "If the executive staff is truly morally opposed to Prop 8 isn't it their duty to spend money on the cause?"
To which I'd say No. If they're truly morally opposed it's their duty to spend THEIR OWN MONEY to fight Prop 8. Not the company's money. There's nothing admirable about casting a boardroom vote. It doesn't take a lot of effort and it doesn't cost them anything personally.
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin donated a combined $140,000 to the "No on Prop 8" campaign but they did it out of their own pocket. I have nothing but respect for that. THAT is worthy of admiration. This is worthy of little more than scorn.
P.S. To any Gay folks in a Domestic Partnership who might read this I'd like to give you the same advice I've given my gay friends. If you want tell people you're married, just do it. There's not a law against it, everyone will know what you mean. Why do you need the Government's approval in the first place?
Addendum: Several people have pointed out that the poll numbers above are false. It was one of those situations where I started the sentence, got interrupted, and then sat down and finished the sentence without re-reading where I left off. What I meant to say was that recent polls show Prop 8 passing and that Prop 22, its predecessor, passed by 61% to 38%. I apologize for misleading.