Proposition 8

For those who aren’t aware Proposition 8 is “an initiative measure on the 2008 California General Election ballot titled Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry.” And on November 4, while Americans are electing a clean douche bag to replace the dirty douche bag, Californians will be voting on a couple other measures, too.

Now the only reason I, as non-californian, not to mention a non-American, is even aware of such a pathetic “initiative” is Proposition 2. Something that has made it’s rounds on websites I frequent…

“The proposition would add a chapter to Division 20 of the California Health and Safety Code to prohibit the confinement of certain farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.”

Which may seem like a decent idea, but really it’s not. Gary Francione, as always, explains why it’s a bad idea, in a piece he wrote and was posted on Simply titled “A Losing Proposition.”

Moderately beside my point here. I’m writing now to highlight something I just came across. Today, I believe, Apple Computer “came out” against Proposition 8; 

“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.”

An odd, but an extremely welcomed, move by a corporation. Apparently Google is in opposition to the measure, as well. Huh…