Proposition No. 8 on the California ballot would prohibit gay marriages in the state. Google co-founder has made a statement on the Google blog site that the company normally stays away from polictical issues. But the company is taking a stand on this proposition and opposes the the ban on gay marriages. Sergey Brin states that:

As an Internet company, Google is an active participant in policy debates surrounding information access, technology and energy. Because our company has a great diversity of people and opinions — Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, all religions and no religion, straight and gay — we do not generally take a position on issues outside of our 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 fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love.

I am not going to express my personal views about gay marriages, since I also feel it is my right to have an opinion whether it be for or against the proposition. I personally believe that companies such as Google should stay out of social issues and should instead focus on problems that may have an affect on their company. But that is just my 2 cents.

What do you think?

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