Friday, November 14, 2008

Human Rights Campaign Releases List of Businesses and Organizations That Supported Proposition 8 in California

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization released a list of the businesses and organizations that supported California’s Proposition 8, the discriminatory amendment passed on Election Day that eliminates the right for same-sex couples to marry in the state. In addition to releasing the list, the Human Rights Campaign also calls on the LGBT community and our allies to speak out against those who chose to support a referendum to strip rights away from loving and committed families. To view the complete list of businesses and organizations who supported Proposition 8, visit:

“As we look beyond this weekend’s protests it’s important that our community and allies are empowered to speak out against those businesses and organizations that supported enshrining discrimination into the California Constitution,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “On Saturday we will be taking to the streets by the thousands all across America. Let us commit that we’ll turn our anger into action by holding accountable these businesses and organizations that fought against our equality.”

The HRC Workplace Project reviewed donations to the major ballot committees, including and National Organization for Marriage, that supported the passage of Proposition 8. The data, available from the California Secretary of State’s Office, was searched for donations derived directly from businesses and organizations, rather than from individuals or national advocacy groups. This list does not include CEO’s or senior executives of companies who may have contributed. Due to some complexities in how the donations were tracked, there may be more companies that are not on the list. Also, the amounts should be considered approximate.

Several Fortune 500 companies and organizations contributed to the No on 8 Campaign. However, no Fortune 500 company was found to have contributed to the Yes on 8 Campaign.
There were at least 306 donations from incorporated entities totaling nearly $3 million. The list includes at least 270 organizations from California with most of the others coming from states in the southwest.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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