Apple donates $100,000 to defeat California ballot measure

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In a rare move, Apple has publicly thrown its hat into the political ring. A post on the company’s Hot News page says that Apple is publicly opposing California’s Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that would ban marriage for same-sex couples. The proposition appears on the California ballot for the November 4th election.

Apple announced it is donating $100,000 to the “No on 8” campaign, citing its history as one of the first California companies to offer equal benefits to its employees’ same-sex partners: “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.”

Apple is not the only Silicon Valley company to prominently oppose the ballot measure. The Los Angeles Times reports that Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have also donated a substantial amount of money to the “No on 8” campaign.

Apple made its contribution to the No on 8 campaign public a day after news reports emerged that the group backing Proposition 8 told businesses that have given money to a California gay rights group that they would be publicly identified as opponents of traditional unions—unless they donated a similar amount to the campaign to ban gay marriages.

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