I’m a Proud Apple fan boy today: Apple donates $100K to No On Prop 8

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Apple came out strong against Prop 8 today in the shape of $100,000 donation.

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.

I’ve long been a member of the Apple faithful, having convinced many to switch to Mac over the years — Apple, where’s my cut!? But after today, all debts are forgiven. I’m really proud of them and the announcement is well timed. Evidently Apple couldn’t care less about Protect Marriage’s blackmail campaign against businesses supporting marriage equality.

Out of curiosity I’ve been following a lot of the forums on Apple friendly sites to gauge the reactions. It’s run generally positive, running the gammut from “I’m going to the Apple store tonight and spending a lot of money in thanks” to “I just bought a new Macbook and I’m returning it tonight. I can’t support a company that supports immorality.” Bigots, please feel free to return your Apple products, it’ll leave cheaper refurbished products for the rest of us.

I’m going home to kiss my Mac now. You do the same.

Post by ILO on 10/24/08 at 5:21 pm
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18 Responses to “I’m a Proud Apple fan boy today: Apple donates $100K to No On Prop 8”

  1. Mitch Says:

    thanks for the GREAT news and the giggle… i want one of those refurbs!

  2. Phil and Cher Says:

    marriage is a statement of love and trust, not male and female
    Bravo for Apple!

  3. Bing Says:

    Regardless of which side of the issue a company is on, the company (and in this case Apple) should stay out of politics and stick to what they are in business to do. For Apple, that’s building hardware and software. Apple is a public company and the $100,000 donated to “No on 8” essentially comes from shareholders. Some shareholders agree with the politics, some do not, but Apple management should not spend investors money on political issues.

  4. Zenith Down Under Says:

    *hugs my ibook* wtg Apple!

  5. scott Says:

    Apple computer taking such a public political stance on a topic the majority of americans disagree with them on
    is the STUPIDEST thing apple has EVER done in my 16 years as a mac addict.

    I dont care what side of the debate you fall on, its an emotional and very personal issue. This public stance ABSOLUTELY
    will have an effect on a large number of people in the USA. Its IRRESPONSIBLE to all the apple stockholders for them
    to be so freeking PUBLIC and one sided on this issue. Corporations give to political parties all the time, I realize that,
    and once in a while it bites them a little, but mostly it doesnt do much.

    For cripes sake why doesnt apple make public that its FOR ABORTION! That issue is just as volatile to most americans.
    or maybe apple will anounce that "its our determination that there is NO GOD!"

    im disgusted with my favorite company. How STUPID of them. I wish this email would go straight to apples board of directors
    and shareholders. They are a PUBLICLY traded company, dont they know this?

    My feelings about the issue are irrelevant, I care to comment on the company I believe in, evangelize and brag about to anyone
    who will listen to me. From a purely corporate point of view this is DUMB!

  6. Mark D Says:

    Way to go Apple…not only do you do the right thing, I haven’t seen a blue screen of death for 5 years!

  7. Zeke M Says:

    Scott: Please read the company’s press release on the matter. They clearly stated that they believe this to be a civil rights issue, not a political one. That it has been politicized–much like the abortion issue–is because of politicians on the right trying to use wedge issues to divide and conquer the electorate.

    Considering the enormous power that corporations wield in modern society, I think it’s more troubling when they DON’T take stands on issues such as this–when they do the "politic" thing as you recommend and avoid them altogether. Also Apple, like many tech companies, has a lot of gay employees … and I’m sure they’re pleased that their employer has spoken out on their behalf. Have you forgotten that Microsoft was forced to backtrack on this very same issue recently, due to internal pressure?

    Finally, as a shareholder, I applaud Apple’s decision. And if other shareholders don’t, they are perfectly free to sell their AAPLs and invest the money in companies that shares their reactionary views.

  8. Terrin Says:

    I agree with Apple that this matter is not one about politics. It is one about fairness. Apple’s decision is 1) the right thing to do, and 2) brave.

    Many people thinking Apple should stay quiet on the matter and out of politics forget that the law (unfortunately in my view) essentially treats companies like people. Companies, even though they are fair more capable then ordinary folks, have free speech rights and can donate money to political campaigns. Nobody challenges public companies contributing to political candidates. So it is refreshing at least to know if Apple is going to speak out against something it is at least on the right side of something and it is doing it publicly as opposed to quietly.

    Finally, this issue does effect Apple because it effects many of it’s employees. The proposal can effect Apple’s ability to offer it’s non-traditional employees benefits. Moreover, it potentially effects not only gay employees, but straight couples who are life partners but don’t believe in the institution of marriage for whatever reason.

  9. Gerry Says:

    I am a shareholder, Apple zealot and a Canadian. I am proud of Apple for supporting this civil rights case, even in a country of which I am not a citizen. In ten years this won’t even be an issue. In most of the world, at least the non-fundamentalist world, this is not an issue. Why is it so in the USA? This is not a religious issue, it is a human issue. Just as those in power once preached that blacks were sub-human, and women had a specific “supportive roles” they will soon give up on the gay marriage issue as they did the others. Fundamentalists, no matter of which religion, should focus on improving the state of the world rather than preaching divisiveness. Of course their power lies in spreading fear and mistrust. The sooner the citizens of the USA figure this out the better.

  10. Greg Says:

    The whole “partner benefits” issue came up when I worked in Apple’s field sales organization. Some customers were not happy – “We can’t do business with a company that endorses homosexuality.” Apple’s line to us at that time was that Apple, as a public business entity, supported doing what would maximize the productivity of it’s employees. This, in turn, would improve the operations of its business and the return for its investors. Customers should understand that.

    I think it’s the same thing here – if California were to ban gay marriage, Apple is concerned that some valuable employees could be lost, since they could chose to move to a more supportive area. Employees are most productive if they’re not having to worry about those basic rights and benefits that married, heterosexual couples have enjoyed for centuries. That, in turn, allows those employees to have the most positive impact on the bottom line.

    If we’re going to debate, let’s please keep it civil!


  11. What's the frequency, Kenneth? Says:

    Marriage licenses were initially created to stop blacks and whites from marrying in the deep south. Initiating more force is not the way to solve the problem of government initiating force. The government should not be “licensing” marriage in the first place. It’s a private issue, and the government should stay out of it altogether.

  12. frank Says:

    Well apple has done the green thing and I guess now you could say they are going brown. Brown as in fudge packin’.

  13. TS Says:

    I really disagree with the action Apple has taken, and the side they’ve decided to support is immaterial. This proposition is part of the state’s democratic process through which its society defines itself. Society is individuals. California’s individuals need to be rallying/working to gain support for whichever view they hold. If Steve Jobs, as a Californian, gave $100K of his own funds to this, more power to him. But it is out of place for a corporation to try to effect societal change among the state’s individuals. Even more so, in that it is made of customers, employees and shareholders from around the globe — any number of which may take the opposite view than the one Apple HQ is supporting. Also, it is, through using funds earned from customers worldwide, letting non-Californians have a role in California’s politics. The role corporations play in American politics through lobbying/giving cash is one of the major flaws in our democracy. It may be legal but it’s not right.

  14. Bing Says:

    Terrin said “The proposal can effect Apple’s ability to offer it’s non-traditional employees benefits.”

    The fact of the matter is the outcome of the vote has absolutely nothing to do with the benefits Apple offers ANY of its employees. The benefits Apple offers will be no different whether the ballot measure passes or fails. Apple already recognizes domestic partners and offers them the EXACT SAME benefits as they offer legally married, heterosexual couples.

    And regardless of what anyone says or how they feel, the mere fact that “the people” are “voting” on the issue MAKES it “political” because it’s part of a “political process”.

  15. Avonelle Says:

    I’m so glad Apple is stepping up to the plate! My $25.00 contribution (though big for me) won’t do much to help stop bigots that pour thousands and thousands of dollars into ‘their’ argument. They are free to do that, but so is Apple, and so are we!

    I am a BIG fan of voting with my pocket book as well, and Apple has my vote!

    Keep up the good work!

  16. Amanda Says:

    I wanna go buy a mac now!

  17. Mark Says:

    Bing, you’re a homophobic jerk. It’s that simple.

    Have a nice day.

  18. Endless Men Says:

    Ok i know im a little late for this, but this is awesome, GO APLLE !

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