Facebook Donates $10,000 to Utah’s Anti-gay Attorney General Sean Reyes

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes' re-election campaign got a healthy influx of cash from Facebook, Inc. back in May, according to disclosures filed with the Utah Lieutenant Governor's office.

ReyesThe company, which is usually a strong corporate backer of LGBT equality, donated $10,000 to the man who vowed late last year to 'spend whatever it takes' to prevent gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses in his state.

QSalt Lake reports:

When asked about the donation to the person who has arguably become the face of legal opposition to marriage equality in America, a Facebook spokesperson responded with:

“Facebook has a strong record on LGBT issues and that will not change, but we make decisions about which candidates to support based on the entire portfolio of issues important to our business, not just one. A contribution to a candidate does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate takes. We made this donation for the same reason we’ve donated to Attorneys General on the opposite side of this issue – because they are committed to fostering innovation and an open Internet.”

LGBT supporters unsatisfied with Facebook's response have launched an online petition calling for the company to "publicly decry this bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to the campaign of Charles Stormont who is also seeking the office of Utah Attorney General."

Earlier this month, we reported that Reyes had appealed a Tenth Circuit's decision striking down the state's gay marriage ban directly to the U.S. Supreme court 

Comments

  1. Bucky says

    I get that supporting a candidate doesn’t equate with supporting every position a candidate espouses.

    However, when homophobia is so central to a candidate and it is such a clear-cut moral issue, then you can’t hide behind the “we don’t support all his positions” crap. We aren’t talking about some obscure policy position. This is a civil rights issue.

    I understand that you prefer his position on internet issues that affect your bottom line, but what you are saying is that you making a few more million dollars is more important than my status as a second-class citizen.

  2. ScottCA says

    Facebook’s priority is its own bottom line, and nothing else. As if its bottom line wouldn’t be healthy enough without supporting backward thinking creeps like this.

  3. Bill says

    One obvious question – is Reyes intrinsically anti gay or does he figure that, in a state dominated by the Mormon Church, an attorney general who did not try to block same-sex marriages would be unelectable?

    There’s one way to tell: check Sayes’ record on other issues affecting Utah’s LGBT citizens.

  4. JackFknTwist says

    I have been skeptical of Facebook for years; I loathe the very premise of ‘sharing’ & ‘friending’ and ‘update status’……as an electronic substitute for reality .

    It has turned navel gazing into a full time occupation. It is awash with ego-obsessed, indiscreet, gossip mongers and celebrity seekers.
    It has dumbed down the laudable characteristic of privacy and personal space.
    It is a tool to put everyone’s “Circus Animals are all on Show.”

    The very concept of ‘Facebook’ is despicable.
    But this rant is only my personal point of view !

  5. Lisa Parker says

    You are always screwing our sites up that we use, then you fake the reports for certain pictures and now you are supporting homophobic asshats…….You show hate…….can’t wait for a better site to open up because once they do your site should desolve real fast………stupid idiots supporting other stupid idiots

  6. IPW says

    I’m not on Facebook, and every time I feel perhaps I should create an account, as I was contemplating just this week, something is revealed about Facebook that dissuades me from doing so. I find emailing, texting and calling my friends is just as good a way to maintain contact, when not actually spending time together, as ever.

  7. Bill says

    @Crispy: there is nothing preventing users from abandoning their facebook accounts, so it could fade into technological irrelevance very quickly.

    The assets that will keep it from fading into oblivious overnight even if users abandon ship are (a) a lot of money in the bank, (b) a huge database on people that it can sell in some form to marketers, and (c) all those ‘like’ buttons and facebook scripts that get loaded on many other web sites (when you load a facebook script, facebook gets data on what page you were visiting, your IP address, browswer type, and some other similar data, plus more if you are actually logged into facebook).

  8. MaryM says

    Facebook does not care about LGB issues. It pays lip service to the idea of equality but Mark Zuckerberg and his cronies would whore out their grandmothers for profit.

  9. Bob K says

    Silly article — makes Gay people look brainless.

    Reyes is a lacky of the lds church, as is every other Utah official. Facebook has business reasons to support him. It’s not like someone who is good for Gay rights would EVER get elected to the job — and he was appointed to replace a crook.

    There is NO way that Reyes’ opponent is better than he is, in Utah, but the article does not even bother to go into that.

    Reyes will be re-elected NO MATTER WHAT, so why shouldn’t a business give his campaign money in order to keep influence over him, and MAYBE even get a little help for Gay people in Utah?

  10. crispy says

    “@Crispy: there is nothing preventing users from abandoning their facebook accounts, so it could fade into technological irrelevance very quickly.”

    You couldn’t be more wrong. Millions of people have uploaded billions of photos to Facebook (it is the largest photo-sharing site by far), and people aren’t just going to abandon their images. Facebook, by design, doesn’t make it easy to retrieve all your data.

    But even if it were possible, users aren’t leaving. Facebook traffic is growing on mobile as more and more people switch from desktops to mobile devices, and they’re still adding new users in emerging markets like India, Brazil and Mexico.

    It’s not a perfect company. The recent launch of a messenger client has been a disaster.

    But anyone suggesting that Facebook could crumble overnight doesn’t have the slightest idea what they’re talking about.

  11. Writeguy says

    I’m not buying it. Would Facebook support a candidate that had excellent Internet policies, but supported racial segregation? I don’t think so. Then again, maybe they would if they thought they could survive the backlash, and still make a buck. Despicable. You can’t “sort of” support civil rights, you either do or you don’t.

  12. DavidinMA (@DavidinMA) says

    Bucky said it so well:

    “I understand that you prefer his position on internet issues that affect your bottom line, but what you are saying is that you making a few more million dollars is more important than my status as a second-class citizen.”

    EXACTLY !!!!!!!!!!!

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