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Google, New York Times Says No to Gay Marriage Ban

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Big media is coming out against Proposition 8, the November ballot initiative that seeks to eliminate same-sex marriage in California. Last week Google said no to the proposition followed by the New York Times on Sunday.

Google, who does not take a position on issues outside their field, "especially not social issues," co-founder Sergey Brin wrote on the company blog, "it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8."

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The New York Times could afford a bit more editorializing in their opined text. "It is our fervent hope that Californians will reject this mean-spirited attempt to embed second-class treatment of one group of citizens in the State Constitution... The proponents of Proposition 8 make the familiar claim that legalizing same-sex marriage undercuts marriage between men and women. But thousands of gay and lesbian couples have been married in California since the May ruling and marriage remains intact. Similar discriminatory measures are on the ballot in Arizona and Florida. They also should be rejected."