Quite honestly, nothing Mark Zuckerberg (or as I like to call him, “Shmuckerberg”) does these days comes as a surprise to me. Whether it is the updated version of Facebook mobile that shows me stories from where my friends announced plans to go out for a beer 4 days ago in the top of my feed, or making it almost impossible for stuff my page posts to show up in people’s feeds, Facebook has really disgusted me lately. Remember those days when you actually saw the stuff you wanted to see and not continual suggestions to like the Tea Party, conspiracy nonsense like Infowars, or other crap you don’t believe in?
Now, it has been revealed that Facebook has donated $10,000 to the campaign of the current Utah Attorney General, who is fighting the ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Yes, Facebook donated $10,000 to an anti-gay politician, and their excuse is both ridiculous and possibly a lie.
Q Salt Lake reports:
When asked about the donation to the person who has arguably become the face of legal opposition to marriage equality in America, a Facebook spokesperson responded with:
“Facebook has a strong record on LGBT issues and that will not change, but we make decisions about which candidates to support based on the entire portfolio of issues important to our business, not just one. A contribution to a candidate does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate takes. We made this donation for the same reason we’ve donated to Attorneys General on the opposite side of this issue – because they are committed to fostering innovation and an open Internet.”
The spokesperson also made note of three pro-equality candidates to whom Facebook has also contributed substantial financial support.
If you were to look at Facebook’s diversity page, which hasn’t been updated since July 17th, they make a big deal about being committed to equality. However, supporting equality goes beyond adding LGBT-themed stickers for their messaging app or allowing users custom gender options. While Facebook has repeatedly claimed that it is pro-equality, donating money to political campaigns of anti-gay candidates speaks a lot more to me than stickers or custom gender options on social media. They stated that their donation to Sean Reyes is based on his stance on matters of patent technology and net neutrality, although the recipient of this $10,000 check has no official position based off what I was able to find in Google searches.
The Attorney General in question, Sean Reyes, was appointed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert after the previous AG resigned before being arrested by the FBI on bribery charges. As soon as Sean Reyes took office, he committed to spend as much as $2 million of Utah taxpayer money defending the state’s ban on same-sex marriage which now seems likely to head to the Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, Utah officials asked the Supreme Court to hear their appeal and uphold the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “We recognize this litigation has caused uncertainty and disruption and have accordingly tried to expedite its resolution as quickly as possible,” said Sean D. Reyes, Utah’s attorney general. “All Utah citizens will benefit when the Supreme Court provides clear finality on the important issue of state authority to define marriage.” (Source)
Sean Reyes is facing Charles Stromont, a trial lawyer and member of the Attorney General’s office in November. Here at Forward Progressives we are usually not in the business of endorsing specific candidates, but if you live in Utah or you’re just curious about the alternative to Sean Reyes, you can find Mr. Stromont’s website here: Charles A. Stromont for Utah Attorney General.
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