Silicon Valley Led The Effort For Same Sex Marriage With Facebook, Apple And Google Leading The Pack

Silicon Valley Led The Effort For Same Sex Marriage With Facebook, Apple And Google Leading The Pack

The list of multi-national tech companies pushing for same-sex marriage rights is very impressive. The most powerful 278 company’s were Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, eBay, Electronic Arts, Intel, Intuit, Oracle, Twitter and Zynga.

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These companies went so far as to file a 2013 brief at the Supreme Court in support of overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. By 2015, the list had grown to 379 corporations.

The list of corporations was made public in march 2013, where were the millions of Americans and church representatives combating this? I would think a movement of this magnitude should have had equal representation from those who appose the move. Millions of people should have voiced their disapproval and threatened to boycott these company’s. 

The tech community’s argued that same-sex marriage would be an affirmative statement in support of fairness, claiming that same-sex recognition by most, but not all states “needlessly burdens those companies with extra costs and bureaucratic tangles.”

They went on to say that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) put the companies in the uncomfortable position of being forced “to treat one class of our lawfully married employees differently than another, when our success depends upon the welfare and morale of all employees.”

They did not have to worry about how their customers felt, or losing revenue, because their customers did not voice a strong enough opposition to the move. I assure you, had their millions of customers threatened to boycott, this might have ended differently. 

Breitbart reported:

After the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that same-sex marriage was a legal right in all states, the Silicon Valley social media celebration went viral:

  •  Billionaire founder of Salesforce.com Marc Benioff tweeted, “Congratulations. Equality for all,” with an image of the United States flag with rainbow stripes;
  • Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, who last year wrote of his experience being a gay leader in technology last year, tweeted, “Today marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love”;
  • Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of Facebook, changed his profile picture to a shot of his face with a translucent rainbow flag superimposed on top. “I’m so happy for all of my friends and everyone in our community who can finally celebrate their love and be recognized as equal couples under the law”;
  • AT&T changed their global logo to rainbow colors for the day;
  • Airbnb tweeted an illustration of a rainbow-colored abode with the message, “13 states had gay marriage bans. Today, 13 wedding destinations!”; and
  • Lyft tweeted an image of a car with a passenger holding a rainbow flag out the window, wishing followers a “happy pride,” in honor of San Francisco’s LGBT pride festival this weekend.

Tim Cook summed up the overall attitude of Silicon Valley’s tech leaders,: “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”   If the American people had this attitude, we would not be in this mess.

Read the full story at Breitbart

Photo courtesy of Breitbart

 

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