Apple applauds Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

By , Jun 26, 2013

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Normally, the words ‘Apple applauds’ and ‘Supreme Court’ don’t go together. The Cupertino company isn’t on the greatest terms with the US government at the moment, what with the whole tax evasion thing and the ongoing e-book trial.

But today is a different story. In a pair of 5-4 decisions this morning, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex couples in two major cases, effectively allowing federal benefits for gay couples. And Apple says it applauds the ruling…

AllThingsD reports:

“One ruling overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, the bill passed in 1996 that ruled same-sex marriages unconstitutional. The other decision left intact a lower-court ruling that invalidated California’s Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage.

Among progressive Silicon Valley tech companies, the reaction was incredibly positive.

“Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today,” an Apple spokesman told AllThingsD in a statement.”

A number of other tech companies have come out this morning in support for the Supreme Court’s ruling as well. Type in ‘Gay’ or ‘Lesbian’ into Google Search, and the box morphs into a multicolored rainbow—similar to its Pride Week celebration.

Instagram posted photos of celebrations to its blog, and companies like MasterCard have taken to Twitter to show their support. Facebook hasn’t commented yet, but notes that 70% of its 200 million US users have at least one gay friend on their network.

Apple, as AllThingsD points out, has long stood against inequality. It has, for a long time, offered health benefits to employees in same-sex relationships, and it donated to the “No on Prop 8″ [the proposition in question today] campaign in 2008.

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  • Gorgonphone

    lol all smart corporations will cause gays have alot of money power and women (who are the most valuable and influential consumers of all) love gays and will fight against anyone that goes against gays. lol simple sociology lesson

    • Gorgonphone

      uh oh they down voted me..lol dot worry apple likes you ..

    • Markie

      Right on bro

    • Matthew Cleveland

      You think EVERY gay person has a lot of money power?

      • ic0dex

        Exactly!!! Jews have money and power not gay people.

      • Maxim∑

        ….

    • Mykel Monroe

      Have you ever taken a Sociology course dude? I doubt it by the way you type.

    • Maxim∑

      Apple believes in equal rights/equality. There opinion is genuine, its not to get more money.

      Apple has more important things to worry about then money…

    • Justice and Malice

      The only thing I took away from your rambling run on response is that you desperately need English and punctuation lessons. Get crackin’…

  • Markie

    dang it, i used to love apple…. this lowers my opinion

    • kinny james

      seriously?

    • Gorgonphone

      uh oh they will attack you for that statement..

      • Markie

        yeah man, i know :P I’m just sick of all the junk that’s been going on in our government and I really feel like giving my opinion…

      • Bobby McBobson

        You’re allowed to give your opinion. they shouldn’t attack you.

    • Tsavo Walker

      Find a fire, jump in.

  • ic0dex

    I don’t support same sex marriage because it just does not work that way. There is a reason why there are 2 different types of sex on this earth, a women and a men. Only a women and a men can create a child. It is disgusting if two men want to marry each other and adopt a child and act like they gave birth to it. The same goes for women as well it is not right!. You want to be gay go right ahead but don’t mix in family values in it because you will never be a real family only a fake make believe gay lives you will live.

    I’m not agents gay people being gay I’m agents them getting married adopting children and raising them to believe that it is okay for 2 people that are the same sex to be together as a family. You know for a fact that child is going to grow up messed up.

    • Andrew’s OwlCity

      agree..

    • Kevin Guzman

      You mentioned that a child will grow up messed up, well you are wrong. My mom and dad are straight, and my brother is still gay. He has always been since as long as he can remember. He said he never understood why he preferred other men, but if a straight couple raised my brother, then your statement is invalid. Is just downright ignorant. Gay people are born that way, and that’s just how life is. If you can’t see that, then I feel very sorry for you. Gay or straight family has nothing to do with the outcome of how you’re raised. I was raised in the same family and I’m not gay – so there you go. I also have a coworker who was raised by two gay men and he’s getting married soon, to a woman. So yeah, being raised by a gay couple doesn’t make you “messed up”. You don’t seem very fond of the whole “equality for everyone” idea, so I really don’t understand why you keep saying you’re ok with people being gay, when you’re clearly not ok with it.

      • ic0dex

        You miss understood me. What I’m trying to say is if two gay men adopt a child that most likely that child will grow up to be gay as well. They will not allow for that child to pick what they want they will influence them and tell them that being gay is okay and it’s the way of life. Just like a few years ago they wanted to teach children about homosexuality in schools. Like I said I don’t have nothing against gay people I’m just against them marring each other.

        Also gay people are not born gay because there is no such thing as a gay gen that makes people gay. Its as they grow up the things they see hear or do will push them that way. Your brother was not born gay because it does not exist! Basically you’re saying a child could be born a criminal or a rapist?

      • Kevin Guzman

        How do you know they will teach them to be gay? I don’t think anyone wants to be gay – they get hated for it. I think you should just worry about the way you live life and raise your children, and give them the opportunity to do so as well. Everyone deserves that, and if you don’t see it that way, then there might be something wrong with you. If you don’t think they are the same as you and I, then yes, there is something wrong with you. I’m not hating you for it, I just think you need to rethink all of this. If you’re against gays, just say so, don’t pretend to like them or are ok with their lifestyle. Also, being gay is ok just like being straight is.

      • Kevin Guzman

        The fact that you compared homosexuality with criminals and rapists shows me how you see gay people. All I can say for you is, gay people are here to stay, no matter how you feel about all of this.

      • Mykel Monroe

        That’s so stupid… People don’t choose to be any orientation. I never made the decision to be straight. I JUST AM. When did you choose to be straight? Tell me that.

      • quitcherbichinn

        you are a fool.

        why would a child grow up to be gay if they were adopted by gay parents but they wouldn’t grow up gay if they were birthed to one of the gay parents?? your logic is a bit off.

        yes being gay IS ok just as being straight is ok. people are who they are. why does it bother you so much? no one is telling you that you have to have gay sex. no one is telling you to be gay. keep your bigoted self on your side of the fence…we don’t want ya. homosexuality is a REALITY…it exists throughout nature…educate yourself. i’m not sure teaching k-6 age children about straight or gay is appropriate but it is still a reality and one that they are going to face one way or another. children are blank slates…they don’t have hate…they are color blind and sexuality blind…they don’t care. the hatred is taught to them by fools like YOU.

        how does it affect you if i get married or any other gay person gets married? seriously tell me how it affects YOU! it doesn’t.

        people ARE born gay. i know i certainly didn’t choose it. if i could choose i would choose to be straight so i didn’t have to deal with backwater uneducated bigoted fools like you.

      • John

        I stopped reading your comment after you called him a fool and then at the end you called him an uneducated bigoted fools. He’s a little more educated then you are. He remember to capitalize his words after periods what “Uneducated fools” do. My favorite part of your stupidity is “THE HATRED IS TAUGHT TO THEM BY FOOLS LIKE YOU”. You forgot the caps.

      • Bob

        Being gay is un-natural. If everyone turned gay, the human race would be instinct in under <150 years. It's just not the way it's suppose to be.

        Are you seriously okay with your brother sucking c**ks, getting them stuck up his a**, and licking out of a guy's a**?

        It happens because of what kids are exposed to these days, in the news, in the media, everyones saying it's okay, it's not.

      • Kevin Guzman

        Very informative. As long as he’s happy, I’m happy. And yes, its ok to be gay.

        Obviously you have been exposed to some very graphic gay porn, I feel sorry you were introduced to that.

      • Mykel Monroe

        Yes, I would fully support him. You wouldn’t?

    • quitcherbichinn

      i don’t know if i’m more offended by your stupidity and bigotry or the fact 10 people like your comment.

      the solution is quite simple…if you don’t believe in gay marriage then
      don’t have one! if “all men are created equal” then why should 1 have a
      right that another does not? or…why should 1 be entitled to do
      something but another is not? last i checked i was the same flesh and
      blood that you and everyone else is. last i checked i was a U.S.
      citizen! last i checked the constitution applies to EVERYONE! you
      being upset that i can now marry is as lame as you being pissed i’m
      eating a cookie while you are on a diet. it’s lame, it’s stupid, it’s
      pathetic, it’s elitist. it’s time you EDUCATE YOURSELF on what
      “traditional” marriage is…what the history of marriage is. educate
      yourself on what your bible says and stop picking and choosing only what
      you want to follow from it. you either live by it or you don’t. the
      only threat to YOUR marriage is 1 of 2 things…..cheating and divorce!
      that’s it! those are the ONLY things that threaten your marriage.
      stop worrying about what others are doing in their own homes and their
      own lives. other people being happy is none of your business and not
      for you to worry about. if someone else getting married and being happy
      makes you sick then you are a truly pathetic human being…and i use
      the term human being loosely! worry about your own home and your own
      life before you worry about what *I* should or should not be allowed to
      do. and again…read and try comprehending what your bible says…not
      what you’ve heard, not what you’ve been told it says, not what you have
      been told to believe. EDUCATE YOURSELF!

      • ic0dex

        My opinion is my opinion. This is what I mean when gay people cant take criticism. What do you expect everyone just to accept it hold hands and slap rainbow stickers on our cars? That is how I feel about it and that is how you feel about it we both have different opinions about this matter. So stop tearing your assholl just to prove a point. No enjoy your day and move on.

  • Andrew’s OwlCity

    wTF I dont support same sex marriage…

    • ic0dex

      I might just drop Apple because of this! No I really feel like that colorful Apple logo is there for a reason.

      • Maxim∑

        I can promise you the colorful Apple logo had nothing to do with that…

      • ic0dex

        As long as I get that promise from you.

  • Victor

    Wow what is the world coming to ?!

    • Mykel Monroe

      A place where we can all get along and reap the same rewards as everyone else.

      • Kevin Guzman

        Finally someone with some intellect! Its weird how many uneducated iDownloadblog users commented on this.

      • Mykel Monroe

        Seriously dude, sh**s gotta change.

  • Gerardo Castro

    Lol at everybody butthurt (no pun intended)… just let them be… its not like they’re any different from you, its not like theyre gonna come into your homes and turn you homo…

    • quitcherbichinn

      finally a voice of reason and sanity!

    • Mykel Monroe

      HOMOSEXUALITY IS A DEADLY DISEASE AND MUST BE CURED WITH PRAYER AND SHAME!

      • Gerardo Castro

        Lol like I care… plus i’m not even gay.

      • Gerardo Castro

        and yes, I sense your sarcasm

      • Mykel Monroe

        Gooood, goood. All according to plan… *Family Guy roach voice*

  • Mykel Monroe

    Stupid anti-gay remarks in the comments. But what else should I expect? Women shouldn’t be able to vote. Blacks and whites shouldn’t use the same toilet. And gays should be burned at the stake for wanting to be able to have the same rights as everyone else.

    I really despise some of the people that I have to call my “countrymen”. Saying that one of any gender, race, or sexual orientation/identity should have less rights than another is about as un-American as you can get.

    Personally, I believe that hate should be punishable by stoning.

    • ic0dex

      Stop comparing women’s rights and racist to gay marriage. Also it seams like gay people have more hate then anyone else these days and they proved that about 6-8 months ago. No one in america is against gay people they are against gay marriage.

      • Mykel Monroe

        How are they different? Everything I listed is in the exact same context. We do not chose who we are born as. You should stop being blind.

      • ic0dex

        YOU’RE NOT BORN GAY!!!! There is no such thing as a child being born gay! So what are you trying to say that children are born as rapists and murders and drug addicts?

      • Mykel Monroe

        When did you choose to be straight? Tell me that… When did YOU choose NOT to be gay? Please, let me know. I’m dying to hear.

      • Mykel Monroe

        The things you listed are not comparable.

      • quitcherbichinn

        dude you are the most ignorant and clueless person ever!

        when did you choose to be straight? please let me know what situation prompted you to choose to be straight. when did you choose what color your eyes were going to be? do you seriously think that i, or any other gay person, would CHOOSE to be gay? choose it so we can be made fun of, ridiculed, tormented, attacked, killed, ostracized, and be treated the way you are treating us now? who the hell would choose that?? pull your head up out of your backside and smell reality! no one CHOOSES to be treated like crap. no one would choose to be different. you either are or you aren’t…it’s that simple. it has nothing to do with who raises you or any of your other lame comments. gay people come from religious families, the straightest of families, broken homes…everywhere. no 2 children have the same childhood so don’t be so ignorant. i’m sorry but there is no “evil plot” to adopt babies and “turn” them.

        the solution is really simple…if you don’t believe in gay marriage then DON’T HAVE ONE! why do YOU deserve something and someone else doesn’t? sorry but i’m flesh and blood just as you are and i deserve all of the same rights as you do.

      • Mykel Monroe

        PREACH!!! Exactly my point broski. Exactly my point.

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    *My fanboy sense are tingling*

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  • seyss

    in other news: nike applauds decision to continue oil extraction in gulf of mexico

    • Mykel Monroe

      Lol, f**k yeah.

    • Kevin Guzman

      We need more oil!!!

  • seyss

    homosexuals are gay

    • Kevin Guzman

      Close-minded homophobes are gay!

  • quitcherbichinn

    the level of bigotry and hatred and the lack of intelligence on a tech blog is mind blowing! so many of you should be ashamed of the stupid vile crap you are posting. i imagine you’d be the same people back in the 50′s and 60′s killing bi-racial couples. it’s really sad that the same BS from back then is going on now only it’s against gays instead of against blacks. same ignorance. same bigotry. if being gay disgusts you so much and gay people getting married disgusts you so much then i suggest you refrain from being gay and don’t marry a gay person. oh wait…look at that….problem solved!