Oh boy, dear readers. I have sad news.
You can read it for yourself here, or keep reading below:
As an Internet company, Google is an active participant in policydebates surrounding information access, technology and energy. Because ourcompany has a great diversity of people and opinions — Democrats andRepublicans, conservatives and liberals, all religions and no religion,straight and gay — we do not generally take a position on issues outside ofour field, especially not social issues. So when Proposition 8 appeared on the California ballot, it was an unlikely question for Google to take an official company position on.
However, while 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. While we respect the strongly-held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 — we should not eliminate anyone’s fundamentalrights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love.
Posted by Sergey Brin, Co-founder & President, Technology
First of all, what in Sam Hill is ambiguous about Prop8?!?!?!
Second, I find the prospect of condoning the sin of homosexuality equally “chilling.”
SOAPBOX: Please don’t think I’m “homophobic” – I truly don’t mean to oppress those who choose that lifestyle. However, I think it vital that a line be drawn, and we turn the focus from “discriminating” to “discerning.” Right is right, wrong is wrong. Sin is sin, and it needs to be recognized by government as such. The attraction to members of the same sex is not the same as acting on that attraction, which -by the way- is not prohibited by law, nor grounds for discrimination. Allowing the government to perform marriages to those of the same gender violates God’s law.
Third, what is all this talk about the “right” to marry? (If I fell deeply in love with my cat and wanted it legally recognized, should I start a movement to protect my right to marry, regardless of species?)
SOAPBOX: This is not a legal issue of equality, this is a moral issue of right vs. wrong. “The laws of nature and of nature’s God…” Our government needs to uphold correct principles, though it cannot compell its citizens to live by them. Homosexuality is not a legal crime; we don’t send them all off to jail or deprive them citizenship, rob them of their jobs or right to own property. We can (and should) make the statement that -no, sorry- marriage is *only* between a man and a woman. Why? Because God says so.
But if the government officially condones homosexual marriage, it will be taught in public schools, and “discrimination” against it will likely not be allowed to be taught in private schools, either. (Did you see that article about the 2nd grade field trip to a homosexual marriage in San Francisco?) There may also be repurcussions for churches who “discriminate” and do not recognize those types of marriages…
So, without further ado, I respectfully wave a fond farewell to my beloved goggle blog. We will be relocating to www.happilysmithing.wordpress.com shortly, and hope to see you all there.