Google is not known for coming out for or against social political issues. So, it came as a bit of surprise to see Google take sides on California Proposition 8. Just so its clear, a vote of "yes" is a vote to ban gay marriage and a vote of "no" is for gay marriage.
"Because our company has a great diversity of people and opinions ... we do not generally take a position on issues outside of our field, especially not social issues.
However, while there are many objections to this proposition ... it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8. While we respect the strongly-held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 -- we should not eliminate anyone's fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love."