Apple fights against the proposition to ban gay marriage in California. Makes my day! Joe the plumber and John the fixer will be so miserable at the hearing of the news... Think different, Apple Inc! Here's the detail from the LA Times article:
Apple said Friday it was donating $100,000 to fight the proposed ban on same-sex marriages in California, taking a rare political stand that may win some customers and irk others.
The computer and gadget* maker joined Google, Qualcomm and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in declaring opposition to Proposition 8, which would define marriage as only between a man and a woman.
“We strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation,” an Apple statement said. Wading into a social issue with a six-figure donation is unusual and risky for a company that sells goods primarily to consumers, according to marketing and corporate governance experts.
James Klein, a designer and writer in Newport Beach, Calif., cheered the company’s stance. “It makes me feel so much better about the company I purchase from,” he said.
But Apple’s decision could drive away customers who disapprove of same-sex marriage, said Peter Sealey, adjunct professor of marketing at the Peter Drucker Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif. Sealey** said he personally opposes Proposition 8 but thinks Apple’s decision was “wrong-headed.” “It will hurt shareholders of Apple,” he said. “People will not buy a Mac because of this decision.”
*I like the gadget part... so, mobile phones are gadgets, eh? And music players? I wonder whether this reporter dude has been living under a rock in the last 30 years...
** I don't know about you, folks, but I have the feeling that this big-shot PD School of Mgt professor is kinda full of neocon shit with statements like these. You can't even believe how this dude made it to a teaching chair in a California school at all! If you said Kansas City I might even understand it... Way to go man... John the fixer may even have a free post in his future cabinet for you if he ever makes it to the White House!