Intel could be next target for pro-gay marriage campaigners

Campaigners cheering at the forced resignation of Mozilla CEO over his donation to a fund which fought gay marriages might have missed an even larger target.

Last week Brendan Eich, was forced to step down after it was discovered that he had donated $1000 to support of California’s anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8. His own staff revolted, and a boycott of Mozilla Firefox was starting to be organised.

However the list of donations in support of Prop 8 reveals that Eich and his views might have found more support in one of Silicon Valley’s bigger IT companies. .

According to Hot Air  and using the LA Times’s blacklist database, Nate Silver ran the numbers on donations from people who work at Fortune 500 Silicon Valley companies and discovered that a majority of every company’s employees donated towards defeating the ban. This included HP, Intel, Cisco Systems, Apple, Google, Sun Microsystems, eBay, Oracle, Yahoo, AMD and Symantec.

But at Intel, 60 percent of employee donations were in support of Proposition 8. By contrast, at Apple, 94 percent of employee donations were made in opposition to Proposition 8. The opposition was even higher at Google, where 96 percent of employee donations were against it, including $100,000 from co-founder Sergey Brin.

So if anti-proposition 8 groups want to target another company for having a level of anti-gay marriage workers they would be better off not buying from Chipzilla. Another company they might want to look at is HP. HP had more employees who donated against Prop 8 than for it (103/54) but its supporters ended up donating more actual money than opponents did.

It looks like someone at HP is investing a lot of dosh to oppose gay marriage.