Apple, Google Join California Gay Marriage Fight

Battle over initiative draws record donations on both sides

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 25, 2008 8:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Apple donated $100,000 to battle the proposition to ban gay marriage in California yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reports, joining Google, which anted up $140,000 earlier this week. “Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly” on the matter, the company said in a statement, as polls show the race to be tightening.

The controversy has generated a combined $60 million in donations from both sides, far more than any other same-sex marriage initiative, and more than any other US ballot issue this year. Supporters of the move have donated $27.5 million, with 19% of funds coming from out of state; opponents have raised $31.2 million, with 34% coming from outside California.

The battle over California's Proposition 8 has pulled in record funds from both sides.
The battle over California's Proposition 8 has pulled in record funds from both sides.   (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
A minister performs a same-sex marriage in San Rafael, Calif., Friday, June 20, 2008.
A minister performs a same-sex marriage in San Rafael, Calif., Friday, June 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Demonstrators against same-sex marriage across from the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorders office where dozens of gay and lesbian couples were waiting to obtain licenses, June 17, 2008.
Demonstrators against same-sex marriage across from the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorders office where dozens of gay and lesbian couples were waiting to obtain licenses, June 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Demonstrators against same-sex marriage across from the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorders office where dozens of gay and lesbian couples were waiting to obtain licenses, June 17, 2008.
Demonstrators against same-sex marriage across from the Sacramento County Clerk/Recorders office where dozens of gay and lesbian couples were waiting to obtain licenses, June 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
John Franklin, a Christian protester from Los Angeles, wears a devil mask and costume as he demonstrates against same sex marriages in West Hollywood, Calif. Tue, June 17, 2008.
John Franklin, a Christian protester from Los Angeles, wears a devil mask and costume as he demonstrates against same sex marriages in West Hollywood, Calif. Tue, June 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Hector Mata)
Michael Allen, left, and Billy Iwing kiss after getting married in an after-hours ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008.
Michael Allen, left, and Billy Iwing kiss after getting married in an after-hours ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Linda Stay, left, and her husband Steve Stay (behind her) and Yvonne Tavares, right, deliver signed petitions to a representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Friday Oct. 17, 2008 in Salt Lake City. Mormons who support gay marriage delivered ribbon-tied packets of protest letters and bundles...
Linda Stay, left, and her husband Steve Stay (behind her) and Yvonne Tavares, right, deliver signed petitions to a representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Friday Oct. 17, 2008...   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson)
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