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Google Cofounder Sergey Brin

Google, Levi's Among Companies Opposing Gay Marriage Ban in California

September 30, 2008 02:00 PM
by Sarah Amandolare
Google has joined other big businesses like Levi Strauss in publicly opposing Proposition 8, an amendment that would ban gay marriage in California.

Google Gets Political

Internet giant Google has spoken out against Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that would ban gay marriage in California. Although company cofounder Sergey Brin said Google does not usually get involved in politics, this particular issue hit close to home.

Brin said, “it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8.”

Google’s statement is the company’s latest effort to delve into politics. In August 2008, Google discussed its plans to participate in the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Furthermore, Google representatives Andrew McLaughlin and Dan Reicher planned to take part in panel discussions on technology, energy policy and innovation at the DNC, according to Wired.

But Google is not the only company that has reacted strongly to Proposition 8. San Francisco-based Levi Strauss announced recently that it would join Pacific Gas & Electric in rallying opposition to Proposition 8 among businesses. Two California labor unions have also pledged money to Equality for All, the coalition spearheading the “No on Proposition 8” campaign, according to Forbes.

Background: Campaigns against Prop 8

On Google’s official blog, the company posted a statement regarding Proposition 8, in which it characterized marriage as a “fundamental right” for all.

“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,” the statement reads.

Google’s sentiments are echoed by a movement called Vote No on Prop 8. The California-based campaign has released television advertisements against Proposition 8, provides resources explaining what the proposition entails, and helps people and organizations get involved in their campaign.

Opinion & Analysis: Prop 8


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