When I was in college I saved up enough to buy my self a PowerMac G3. I have then bought a PowerBook G3, a PowerBook G4 (which I recently sold for about $500 five years after I got it!), and most recently a MacBook for my wife. I also bought one of the very first iPods, back when it was only supported on a Mac and had a black and white screen. And you wouldn't believe how much money I have spent on the iTunes music store over the years.
All my support of Apple products made me that much more disappointed when I learned that Apple has publicly taken a political position in opposition of Proposition 8 in California. Proposition 8 would amend the constitution to state the following: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California".
I went to Apple's website and submitted the following letter:
To whom it may concern:
I have been an avid Apple user since I was in grade school and a shareholder for close to ten years. I was very disappointed to learn that Apple Inc. has taken a public position to oppose Proposition 8.
Apple Inc. claims that it is a civil rights issue, however Proposition 8 does not infringe on the civil rights of California citizens. In fact, California's domestic partner law already protects the same rights of gay couples that are afforded to married couples.
By taking a position on Proposition 8, Apple Inc. is supporting a redefinition of marriage. Apple Inc., should allow the people of California to decide the definition of marriage.
Additionally, by taking a corporate position, Apple Inc. is creating a hostile working environment for it's own employees who support proposition 8. Finally, Apple Inc. is also incurring unnecessary business risk by taking a political position that is not in support of a business interest.
Unfortunately, Google has also taken a similar position.