Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Support Microsoft!

Activists Trying to Stomp on Microsoft for Gay Rights Bill Stance
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp., one of the earliest companies to extend benefits to gay employees, now finds itself in the crosshairs of angry activists for rescinding support for gay rights legislation in its home state.

Critics say the world's No. 1 software maker caved to pressure from an NFL linebacker-turned-local pastor who had threatened to launch a nationwide boycott, and tried to tiptoe away from a bill it had previously supported.

Last week, the measure failed in Washington state's Senate by a single vote.

The gay rights nazis are hammering Microsoft for this defeat. Contact Microsoft and tell them thanks!


Anonymous said...

This is the horrid Seattle media looking for a story. There's nothing there. The bill failed on its own merits.

Daniel said...

Are you saying that gay rights groups are just looking for someone to demonize? Nooo....

Anonymous said...

Besides the fact that all Microsoft did was refuse to support it. They didn't oppose it, just stayed neutral.

tallman6 said...

Um, yeah, "gay rights nazis."

Which would be less ironic if the Nazis hadn't hunted down homosexuals and killed them, just like they did to Jews.

Wow. Let's get the facts straight: Microsoft supported the bill, then withdrew their support.

Daniel said...

Microsoft stayed neutral and now gay rights groups are attacking them. That is the story.

GayRightsWatch said...

And now look - Microsoft is 'coming out' in full support of future gay rights legislation. Looks like your "action alert" for people to contact Microsoft and say 'thanks' didn't quite work :) Sorry Daniel.

In Reversal: Microsoft back gay rights bill

"Microsoft will continue to join other leading companies in supporting federal legislation that would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, adding sexual orientation to the existing law that already covers race, sex, national origin, religion, age and disability," he wrote. "Obviously, the Washington state legislative session has concluded for this year, but if legislation similar to HB 1515 is introduced in future sessions, we will support it."
- Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer