I gave Google a shout out when they came out against California's bigoted Proposition 8, so I can hardly do less for Apple, another California giant with products I really enjoy. (Have I mentioned how much I love my mac? I love my mac! Why did I wait so long? And the PC really is happier as a Linux box...) Even if I didn't like a damn thing Apple had ever made, I like this stance.
From the Apple website, right under the fancy-pants new macbooks:
Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.
I know a proposition in California seems on the surface to have very little to do with me, a Virginian living in New York, but on issues of this sort, as California goes, so goes the nation. They've long been leaders in the fight for marriage equality, and to see Prop 8 pass there would give strength to bigots the nation over. It's embarrassing to me that Connecticut beat New York to the punch on this one, and even more so that my beloved Commonwealth of Virginia passed that abhorrent constitutional amendment - as far as I know, the most comprehensive of its ilk. I hope that Californians stand up to this and sent it down to a miserable defeat.