Tech Company Donations to ’No on 8’

EDGE Boston
November 4, 2008
Overall, consumers find it reassuring when a corporation shows some interest and commitment in social and political issues: it indicates a stake in the community. Said Loden, "More and more consumers are looking for companies that are helping their communities to thrive. Visibility on issues for social good can be beneficial to corporations." [Link]

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MTV Networks/Viacom Urge Voters to Reject Prop 8

redOrbit
October 25, 2008
MTV Networks/Viacom joined the growing number of business leaders signing onto the Equality Business Advisory Council to show their opposition to Proposition 8. [Link]

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Apple donates $100,000 to fight Calif. marriage ban

Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2008
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said in a statement: "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." [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Proposition 8’s defeat would be good for business

San Francisco Business Times
October 17, 2008
"To be sure, there is no escaping or mistaking the moral essence of this measure. For us, Prop. 8 fails this test badly: It is morally deficient to codify intolerance, and wrong to deprive certain citizens of basic rights on no higher grounds than the prejudice of others. But the presence among Prop. 8 detractors of major California companies like PG&E, AT&T, Google and Levi Strauss illustrates that this issue speaks to economics as well, if somewhat more quietly than to equity and civil liberty. Prop. 8 fails this test, too, pointing California toward a less promising future." [Link]
Read more about the economic impact of inequality.

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Study: Cost of domestic partner benefits could be limited

Government Executive
October 3, 2008
"The costs of expanding the benefits [for states] has been negligible; the process has been smooth; potential employees have been attracted by the benefits and current employees have been more inclined to remain; and providing the benefits has in turn lowered the cost of other social services, leading to net savings," authors Winnie Stachelberg, Josh Rosenthal and Claire Stein-Ross stated. [Link]
Read more social science findings.

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Our position on California’s No on 8 campaign

The Official Google Blog
September 26, 2008
"[W]hile there are many objections to this proposition -- further government encroachment on personal lives, ambiguously written text -- it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8." [Link]

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Levi’s joining to defeat Calif. anti-marriage initiative

Associated Press
September 25, 2008
Levi Strauss & Co. is putting its famous pockets behind defeating a ballot initiative that would end marriage for same-sex couples in California. (Link)

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Amendment 2 bad for South Florida business

Miami Herald
August 18, 2008
A proposed amendment to Florida's constitution on the November ballot could adversely impact our business development efforts. Florida Amendment 2, the so-called marriage protection amendment, is an example of unnecessary government intrusion in people's personal lives that could diminish Florida's ability to attract businesses to expand or relocate here. [Link]

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Now on the Hallmark aisle: Gay wedding cards

The Associated Press
August 21, 2008
The language inside the cards is neutral, with no mention of wedding or marriage, making them also suitable for a commitment ceremony. Hallmark says the move is a response to consumer demand, not any political pressure. "It's our goal to be as relevant as possible to as many people as we can," Hallmark spokeswoman Sarah Gronberg Kolell said. [Link]

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A Long-Term Commitment

Entrepreneur.com
July 30, 2008
For Twisted Limb Paperworks LLCowner Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese, marketing to the gay and lesbian community has been a part of her philosophy since founding the small, Indiana-based stationery business 10 years ago. She says her LGBT customers are loyal, patronizing her store for not only wedding stationery, but also other important occasions. [Link]

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