In the wake of Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich’s departure, gay uber statistician Nate Silver breaks down how Silicon Valley donated its money in the Prop 8 initiative race.
The list includes Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Cisco Systems, Apple, Google, Sun Microsystems, eBay, Oracle, Yahoo, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Symantec. I limited the search to donors who listed California as their location. In total between these 11 companies, 83 percent of employee donations were in opposition to Proposition 8. So Eich was in a 17 percent minority relative to the top companies in Silicon Valley. However, there was quite a bit of variation from business to business. At Intel, 60 percent of employee donations were in support of Proposition 8. By contrast, at Apple, 94 percent of employee donations were made in opposition to Proposition 8. The opposition was even higher at Google, where 96 percent of employee donations were against it, including $100,000 from co-founder Sergey Brin. There isn’t much data on Mozilla. Only four Proposition 8 donors listed it as their employer: Eich, who donated in support of the measure, and three others who opposed it.
It’s interesting to see the different corporate cultures reflected in these donation patterns.
The Advocate reports:
Nabisco graham cracker snack brand Honey Maid released a new ad campaign in March, “This Is Wholesome,” which features a variety of families, including those with interracial, single, and gay parents. However, a handful of homophobes — including the antigay group (far less than) One Million Moms — were “outraged” and blasted the graham cracker brand for “promoting homosexuality.” In a brilliant move, Honey Maid has responded with a new video featuring two artists who create a heartwarming message from paper printouts of the hateful messages the brand received since the inclusive ad aired.
You have to watch this – it’s beautiful. And as the video notes, they received ten times as many positive responses as negative ones.
I’m in Love With Gay-Hating Russia
Pat Buchanan continues to extol the virtues of Russia: “In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity. [..]The West’s capitulation to a sexual revolution of easy divorce, rampant promiscuity, pornography, homosexuality, feminism, abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, assisted suicide – the displacement of Christian values by Hollywood values.” If you think Russia is such a wonderful, Christian country, why not move there? We really wouldn’t miss you.
Rick Santorum is My Hero
Speaking to a group of elementary school students, Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., a Republican running for the US House, fielded sixth grader Lanna Torres’s question on marriage equality, likening it to a man marrying a dog. Lana said it best: “I found that really offensive, that he would compare gay marriage to something so offensive and outrageous.”
Gays Are the New Nazis
J.C. Von Krempach writes on a Catholic blog: “Tolerating the same-sex movement has been a very bad idea. You cannot tolerate what undermines democracy and ultimately destroys society. The same-sex lobby are the new Nazis.” Because we complained that a Silicon Valley company had hired an openly anti-gay CEO. Who, BTW, apparently left of his own accord. Mr. Von Krempach is pat of a group pushing to criminalize homosexuality around the world so really, who’s the villain here?
The Supremes Better Save Our Bacon
Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage, issued a predictable statement on the pending overturning of Ohio’s ban on marriage equality, hitting all the usual points – definition of marriage, will of the people, blah blha blah. But he ended with this telling note: “We call on the US Supreme Court to establish for good that the sovereign states have the ability to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” Yeah, good luck with that. Plus, looks like they’ve given up on the whole “US Constitutional Amendment” thing?
Gays Are Terrorists
Glenn Beck went on a tirade against the LGBT community, accusing gay activist groups of becoming “terrorists”. That’s quite a leap, considering no violence was done, and that major LGBT groups stayed out of the fray. In fact, the straw that broke the camel’s back was OKCupid, which as Joe.My.God notes: “The loudest voice in the boycott campaign was the dating website OKCupid, whose parent company is headed by billionaire ‘heterosexual’ Barry Diller. But don’t expect Glenn Beck to go after a somebody who runs dozens of the largest web-based corporations. Or label a powerful Jewish man as part of the ‘gaystapo.’” But hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good witch hunt?
Christian Boycotts are Righteous, But Gay Boycotts Are Evil Nazi Terrorist Plots
Tea Partier Ben Shapiro is calling for a boycott of Mozilla in the wake of CEO Eich’s departure. We’ll let Joe.My.God handle this one: “When powerful national Christian groups with millions of members call for boycotts, that is a righteous use of the free market in order to preserve morality, marriage, family, and the American way. But when gay individuals call for a boycott, THAT is homofascist intimidation, intolerance, bullying, a stifling of religious liberty, and an attempt to deny the freedom of speech. And don’t you forget it.”
Florida’s fourth marriage equality lawsuit was filed today against a panhandle county clerk. The debate over same-sex marriage is making its mark locally with the filing of a lawsuit against Washington County Interim Clerk of Court Harold Bazzel after his office refused to issue a marriage license for a local gay couple. “We followed the law,” said Bazzel. “The statute in Florida says marriage must be between a man and a woman.” Stephen Schlairet and Ozzie Russ of Chipley filed the suit with the U.S. District Court Wednesday, March 21, naming Bazzel and several other defendants, including Governor Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi. The couple is seeking to have the law declared unconstitutional.
The lawsuits are piling up in Florida – will they all be consolidated?
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black informed lawyers of his intentions at a hearing, which set off a joyous celebration in the courtroom among four same-sex couples and their supporters, said attorney Al Gerhardstein… Black’s statement read: “I intend to issue a written decision and order by April 14 striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states.” The announcement came at a hearing on a case brought by three lesbian couples and one married gay couple from New York who adopted a baby born in Ohio. The couples are suing for an order requiring Ohio to place the names of both parents on the birth certificates of their newborns.
The state has already announced its intention to appeal. The remaining question – will there be a stay? I’ve never seen a judge pre-announce a ruling like this before – anyone else think it’s a little unusual?
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No one asked. He did not tell.
In 2005, I and 200 Marines in my squadron deployed to Afghanistan to support the global war on terrorism. We were stationed at Bagram air base, a deep bowl surrounded by snowcapped mountains, where it rained and snowed while the sun beamed, prompting one Marine to remark, “Welcome to Afghanistan, the only place on Earth where you get all four seasons and a rocket in the same day.”
We lived in “B-huts,” wooden houses with no internal structure, subdivided into “rooms” by flimsy plywood boards. Every moment was spent in close quarters: working in small offices, eating meals in the chow hall, sleeping in our racks, exercising. We saw each other at our best and our worst, shared secrets and fears, lost patience with and supported one another through the duration of deployment.
Sgt. Santiago and I spoke often, if casually. He routinely had one of the highest physical fitness test scores in our unit and never missed a chance to go salsa dancing stateside with fellow Marines, including our senior enlisted Marine and his wife, whom he persuaded to join a few times. He also proudly displayed his Puerto Rican flag in his barracks. Nevertheless, he was a reserved man, quiet, private. I assumed these were inherent personality traits. I didn’t realize that he was hiding something.
Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!
Belgium: The country’s openly-gay PM Elio di Rupo called out African leaders on their moves against LGBT rights. full story
Russia: Six judges in Kostroma have overruled a ban on a gay pride protest. full story
UK: Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, says that if the Church of England backed LGBT rights in the UK, it would lead to a “massacre” of Christians in Africa. full story
USA: Five same sex couples won the ACLU’s help planning their weddings in the “My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding”. full story
USA: A federal judge has ruled that discrimination based on sexual orientation is covered by existing sex discrimination laws. full story
USA: A board member at World Vision has resigned in protest over the organization’s backtracking on hiring married gay employees. full story
USA, California: Former Who’s the Boss star Dan Pintauro married his long-term boyfriend in Dana Point. full story
USA, Colorado: Marriage equality could bring $53 million to the state. full story
USA, Florida: A judge has delayed a decision on a married lesbian couple’s request to divorce, scheduling another hearing. full story
USA, Maryland: Will the religious right try to overturn Maryland’s transgender bathroom protections with an initiative? full story
USA, Minnesota: An anti-bullying bill just passed the state Senate on a 36-31 vote. full story
USA, Missouri: A judge heard arguments in a lawsuit attempting to block married same sex couples from filing their taxes jointly n the state. full story
USA, Ohio: Closing arguments in a marriage equality lawsuit will be presented tomorrow. full story
USA, Washington DC: The city has launched a new “safe bathrooms” campaign to raise awareness of the issues transgender citizens face. full story
The Advocate reports:
Mississippi Republican governor Phil Bryant today signed a bill into a law that will allow business and individuals to deny service to anyone in the interest of religious liberty, according to ThinkProgress. The legislation, known as Senate Bill 2681, the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, would allow businesses and individuals to deny services to anyone, if serving that person or organization would “substantially burden” the individual’s “religious exercise.” It also adds the words “In God We Trust” to the official state seal. It received overwhelming support in the GOP-controlled legislature.
Some arm-twisting was involved.
The bill passed, and should any GOP representatives have been on the fence about the issue, Jimmy Porter, executive director of the lobbying arm of Mississippi’s Southern Baptist convention, the Christian Action Commission, was sure to set them straight, promising a “political calamity” should any of them vote against Jesus.
Said Porter in part, “The fact is that one’s position on this piece of legislation can be made public whether a vote is taken or not. The leadership of the House will take a lot of heat for its failure if that is the case but it will be undeserved. The Christian Action Commission will work diligently to ensure the blame will be laid at the feet of these 20 alleged Republicans [against the bill]. Approximately 60,000 Baptist households will read about it and know the truth. Add to that Pentecostal households, members of the Tea Party, followers of American Family Association, the Liberty Council and the Family Research Council, etc., and you begin to see the widespread interest in this bill.”
Where’s Matt Barber with his “long knives” when you need him?
The Washington Blade reports:
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili last week proposed a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman in the former Soviet republic.
Identoba, a Georgian LGBT advocacy group, noted Garibashvili announced “the homophobic intention of his government” to amend the country’s constitution as he spoke about an anti-discrimination measure his administration sent to the Georgian Parliament. The organization added the proposed amendment “can only be seen as a homophobic move” because Georgian law already bans same-sex marriage.
“If the amendment is successfully initiated, it will directly violate universal equality of single parents, LGBT community and many others who do not live in nuclear families,” said Identoba. “Alarmingly, this homophobic and cynical move ultimately kills the very spirit of equality protection of the incoming Anti-Discrimination Law.”
Another backward step in Eastern Europe. Sad to see this in the face of advancing equality in so many other parts of the world.
The Advocate reports:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has updated Medicare rules so that couples in same-sex marriages can apply for benefits covering hospital stays and physician care. The new rules “help to clarify” the effects of the Supreme Court’s decision last year striking down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act and therefore allowing the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages. HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today in a press release.
One more step forward for married same sex couples. The arc of the moral universe is bending quickly now.
Gays Don’t Fight Fair
Indiana State Senator and Tea Party member Mike Delph is complaining about losing the battle to get the anti marriage equality bill on the 2014 ballot, saying “opponents of traditional Judeo-Christian values don’t fight fair or with honor. They fight to win, and to date have been very successful.” Like marriage equality opponents have fought fair, using children as a shield and piling lies upon lies to get these things passed?
Graham Crackers Are the Snacks of Satan
American Decency Association board member Steve Huston is freaking out about Honey Maid’s new gay-friendly ad campaign. “…it’s a matter of an evil agenda which is being pushed upon America and around the world. Satan continues to attack God’s design and skew it to his own workings.” Just wait until he sees that rainbow oreo cookie!
Transgender Bill Will Let Men Attack Women in Bathrooms
Washington Times senior opinion editor Emily Miller is warning of dire consequences should a bill protecting bathroom access for transgender citizens become law. “The most dangerous impact of this new law is that a man cannot be stopped from going into a women’s bathroom, locker room or pool changing room… this law that endangers every single female.” I’ve got news for you, Ms. Miller – those public restroom doors are not locked – any man who wants to can already enter to assault a woman. It’s just a smoke screen meant to drum up fear and opposition.
Homofascists Have Long Knives and a Pride Necklace
Matt Barber is ever so pissed that Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich stepped down in the face of opposition to his anti gay marriage stance, saying “Christians, buckle up. Your whole world is about to change. The Rainbowshirts are emboldened and they’ve broken out the long knives. ‘Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence’ – Psalm 73:6.” Mr. Barber, he wasn’t fired. He stepped down. Unlike the legions of LGBT workers who are fired every year, including several prominent cases in Catholic schools this year. So let me get this straight – it’s just dandy for a school to fire someone for being gay. But when someone can’t stand the heat for being anti gay and resigns, that’s the “gaystapo” with their “long knives”?
The new CEO of Mozilla has resigned after it was revealed that he had donated to the backers of Prop 8.
ABC news reports:
“I have decided to resign as CEO effective today, and leave Mozilla,” Eich said in a statement provided by Mozilla. “Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader. I will be taking time before I decide what to do next.” Eich was previously chief technology officer of the company, but had been involved in Mozilla’s development starting from its conception in 1998. The previous acting CEO Jay Sullivan had left the company to pursue “new opportunities,” the company said.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I’m torn over it – on the one hand, it’s sad to see someone who is opposed to marriage equality running a progressive tech company. On the the other hand, have we just created another martyr for the religious right? He did step down, and was not fired, but such distinctions are often lost on our opponents.