Tag Archives: California

The Latest Teabagger Memes

Out in Teabagistan some are declaring that Brendan Eich’s Prop 8 donation was leaked by the IRS, a ridiculous claim that even some fellow baggers are shooting down. Twitchy today provides the newest meme and, of course, fails to mention that California law stipulates that donations to ballot measures are public record.  UPDATE: The right wing Townhall is pushing the …

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Nate Silver Compiles Prop 8 Donations By Staffers At Major Silicon Valley Companies

Using a Los Angeles Times database of donations to the 2008 Proposition 8 campaign, stats guru Nate Silver has compiled a list of how the staffers of major Silicon Valley tech companies weighed in with their wallets. The list includes Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Cisco Systems, Apple, Google, Sun Microsystems, eBay, Oracle, Yahoo, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Symantec. I limited the …

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Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Steps Down

In a statement published this afternoon to her corporate blog, Mozilla chairwoman Mitchell Baker announced that CEO Brendan Eich has stepped down. Baker’s statement opens: Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we …

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Brian Brown Backs Mozilla CEO

“Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla, which created and maintains the Firefox web browser, is under fire for having donated $1000 to Proposition 8 in California. Prop 8 was against changing marriage to make homosexual unions equal to heterosexual unions. Among many protests against Brendan’s ‘politics’, the dating site okCupid is blocking visitors to its site using Firefox and asking …

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Mozilla CEO Speaks To CNET

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has spoken to the tech site CNET in his first interview since controversy erupted over his 2008 donation to the backers of Proposition 8. Eich declined to discuss his personal views or say if he now supports marriage equality, but he repeated last week’s expression of sorrow for causing pain to LGBT people. CNET asked Eich …

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OKCupid To Users: Boycott Firefox

As the Mozilla controversy seem to gain even more steam despite several pro-LGBT statements from company officials, dating site OKCupid is asking its six million users to boycott Firefox. Anyone accessing the popular dating site OKCupid with Firefox today is in for a surprise. Instead of the homepage, OKCupid.com is serving Firefox users with a message calling out Mozilla CEO …

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Mozilla: We Support Marriage Equality

Internet giant Mozilla, the makers of the popular Firefox browser, have issued a statement which emphasizes their support for same-sex marriage. Controversy erupted last week when Mozilla appointed CEO Brendan Eich, who in 2008 donated to the backers of Proposition 8. An excerpt from the statement: Mozilla’s mission is to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, …

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Mozilla Staffers Launch Twitter Campaign Demanding Resignation Of New CEO

Technology news site ArsTechnica reports that numerous Mozilla staffers are today tweeting demands for the resignation of CEO Brendan Eich. This morning, a number of Mozilla employees took to Twitter with a united, nearly simultaneous message to new Mozilla Foundation CEO Brendan Eich: “Step down.” Brendan Eich’s Prop 8 donations come to light, and internal response is mixed. The internal …

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Mozilla CEO Expresses “Sorrow” About Proposition 8 Controversy, Makes No Mention Of Changing Position On Marriage

“I am deeply honored and humbled by the CEO role. I’m also grateful for the messages of support. At the same time, I know there are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT individuals at Mozilla. I hope to lay those concerns to rest, first by making a set of commitments to you. More important, I …

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Mozilla Chair Mitchell Baker: Our Corporate Identity Is Based On Equality For All

On Monday, internet giant Mozilla named Brendan Eich as its new CEO, drawing howls of protest and boycott threats due to Eich’s 2008 donation of $1000 to backers of Proposition 8. Some have demanded that Eich be fired or demoted. Yesterday Eich’s boss, Mozilla chairwoman Mitchell Baker,  responded to the furor on her blog. Mozilla’s commitment to inclusiveness for our …

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Married Gay Tech Developers Announce Boycott Of Mozilla Over New CEO

On Monday, Mozilla appointed a new CEO who in 2008 donated $1000 to the Prop 8 campaign. Yesterday a boycott was announced by a married gay couple that runs a development company that produces products for Mozilla’s Firefox browser. Hampton Catlin, creator of Wikipedia Mobile and CSS extension language Sass, said he would no longer develop apps for Firefox after …

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CALIFORNIA: Anti-Gay Flyer Roils Small Town City Council Campaign

James Mills reports at Frontiers: In mid-February, some Rancho Mirage voters opened their mailboxes to find an anti-gay postcard attacking openly gay Councilmember Scott Hines with the message “Send Hines Packing Back to Palm Springs (where he belongs).” The postcards feature a shirtless picture of Hines with a caption in rainbow-colored lettering that says “No More ‘Fab’ Party Guy Scotty.” …

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REPORT: AFER Paid $6.4 Million To Law Firms In Proposition 8 Case

Michael Lavers reports at Washington Blade: The American Foundation for Equal Rights between 2009 and 2013 paid more than $6.4 million to two law firms that successfully argued against California’s Proposition 8. Tax filings indicate former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson’s law firm – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP – received $1,691,714 from AFER for “legal and ancillary legal expenses” …

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Minor Earthquake Rattles Los Angeles

A minor earthquake woke up much of Los Angeles at 6:30am today.  Twitter is going nuts. UPDATE: LA news anchors dove under their desk.

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Hate Groups To Speak At Stanford

Next month Stanford University will host a conference on “marriage and family” that will feature speeches from some of the nation’s most notorious anti-gay crackpots. On the roster: Ryan T. Anderson (Heritage Foundation), Kellie Fiedorek (Alliance Defending Freedom), author Sherif Girgis (who was banned last week from testifying in Michigan’s marriage trial), and homocon horcrux Robert Oscar Lopez.  According to …

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Victory Fund Declines To Endorse GOP Homocon House Candidate Carl DeMaio

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which endorses and backs many LGBT candidates, has declined to give their thumbs-up to homocon GOP candidate for the US House, Carl DeMaio. DeMaio this month became the first congressional candidate from either major party to include a same-sex partner in campaign advertising. He is trying to unseat first-term Democratic Rep. Scott Peters. DeMaio …

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CALIFORNIA: Christian Groups Fail In Bid To Repeal Transgender Rights Law

A coalition of Christian and anti-gay hate groups has failed in their campaign to force a public vote on a repeal of the California law that protects transgender students from discrimination. But it was close. The law’s opponents needed at least 504,760 signatures to force a public vote on the statute approved by the California Legislature and signed by Gov. …

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Six Californias Petition Given Green Light

California has given the green light to a group that will collect petitions that could force a 2016 public vote on a proposal to split the state into six new states. Tim Draper filed a ballot initiative in December stating that because of recent social and economic changes California has become “nearly ungovernable.” The plan aims to settle California’s financial …

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Homocon GOP House Candidate Carl DeMaio Appears In Ad With Partner

Via the Wall Street Journal: Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, and he would be at least the third to serve in the House if he wins. But Mr. DeMaio on Thursday will take a step that none of them has, airing a campaign ad that features a shot of him with …

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Superman Is A Teabagger

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