Silicon Valley leaders go against Prop. 8

Silicon Valley leaders go against Prop. 8


A number of executives and investors in Silicon Valley have announced that they will be opposing Proposition 8, a ballot measure (sort of like a referendum) that would add in the California’s state constitution the definition that a man and a woman are allowed to be married – eliminating any same-sex marriage taking place in the state.

Executives from Google, Facebook, Adobe, Yahoo, eBay and Intuit are named as “honorary co-chairs”, and executives and investors from companies like Federated Media, Cisco, Palm, Alloy Ventures and AT&T are also listed to be supporting the campaign to see voters vote no on the proposition.

They will also be running a full page advertisement in Friday’s edition of the San Jose Mercury News newspaper. A copy of the press release can be viewed after the jump.

Silicon Valley Leaders to Denounce Prop 8 in Newspaper Ad
High Tech Business Executives, Venture Capital leaders to Urge Californians to Stand Up for Equality

Santa Clara – The leadership of the nation’s high-tech industry feels so strongly that Prop 8 is wrong and unfair, that a coalition of key leaders is running a full page advertisement in a major daily newspaper urging Californians to vote NO on Prop 8. The ad, running in Friday’s San Jose Mercury News, includes a list of “Who’s Who of the Silicon Valley”, including the founders and CEOs of Google, Yahoo!, Adobe Systems and Cisco Systems.

Prop 8 would eliminate the fundamental right to marry for same-sex couples in California by amending the state’s Constitution.

Jerry Yang, co-Founder of Yahoo! Inc. said, “Silicon Valley has always been an example for the rest of the country of how diversity and openness help to drive innovation and value creation. This divisive measure is the antithesis of those values that make Silicon Valley so unique.”

Chuck Geschke, Founder & Chairman, Adobe Systems Inc, said, “Equal rights under the law is one of the cornerstones of our California constitution and one of the guiding values for Silicon Valley leaders. Prop 8 would take the extreme step of amending our constitution to strip rights away from one group of people.”

“Today prominent leaders from across California – and around the nation – have become part of the NO on Prop 8 campaign,” said Geoff Kors, a NO on Prop 8 Executive Committee Member. “We welcome the support and leadership of these technology and business leaders who believe Prop 8 is unfair and must be defeated and we look forward to seeing that number grow.”

Below is the text of the ad:

Silicon Valley Leaders Urge You to Stand for Equality.
Vote No on Proposition 8.

As Silicon Valley leaders, we are committed to equality and fairness. We are opposed to Proposition 8 because it would change our state constitution to take away rights from one group of people. It would set our state, and our country, back in the fight for fundamental fairness and equal rights.

Please join us by reaching out to friends and neighbors and asking them to stand for fairness: Vote No on Proposition 8 on November 4th.

Silicon Valley Leaders Say NO on Proposition 8 (Updated Thursday, Oct 30, 2008)
(titles are for identification purposes only)


  • Sergey Brin, Founder, Google, Inc.
  • Bill Campbell, Chairman, Intuit Inc.
  • David Filo, Founder, Yahoo! Inc.
  • Chuck Geschke, Founder & Chairman, Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • John Morgridge, Former CEO & Chairman, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Pierre Omidyar, Founder and Chairman, eBay Inc., Founding Partner, Omidyar Network
  • Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
  • Eric Schmidt, CEO, Google, Inc.
  • Jerry Yang, Founder, Yahoo! Inc.

LEADERS (partial list):

  • Deborah Barber, Principal, Jackson Hole Group
  • John Battelle, Chairman & CEO, Federated Media
  • Marc Benioff,CEO,
  • Larry Birenbaum, Former Senior Vice President, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Lorna Borenstein, President, Move, Inc.
  • Larry Brilliant, Executive Director,
  • Owen Byrd, President, Byrd Development
  • John Chisholm, Chairman & CEO, CustomerSat, Inc.
  • Barry Cinnamon, CEO, Akeena Solar
  • Tod Cohen, Vice President and Deputy General Council, Government Relations, eBay Inc.
  • LaDoris Cordell, Administrator, Stanford University
  • Sue Decker, President, Yahoo! Inc.
  • Jack Dorsey, Chairman, Twitter
  • David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development & Chief Legal Officer, Google, Inc.
  • Donna Dubinsky, CEO, Numenta, Inc.
  • Alan Eustace, SVP, Engineering and Research, Google, Inc.
  • Naomi Fine, President & CEO, Pro-Tec Data, Inc.
  • Rachel Glaser COO/CFO,
  • Carl Guardino, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • Andre Haddad, CEO,
  • Jeff Hawkins, co-Founder Palm, Handspring, and Numenta
  • David Karnstedt, Investor
  • Scott Kaspick, Managing Director, Kaspick & Co.
  • Steve Kirsch, Serial Entrepreneur
  • John Koza, CEO, Third Millennium
  • Ross LaJeunesse, Head of State Policy Western US, Google, Inc.
  • Gary Lauder, Managing Partner, Lauder Partners Venture Capital
  • Laura Lauder, General Partner, Lauder Partners Venture Capital
  • Len Lehman, Investor
  • Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
  • John Luongo, Former CEO, Vantive Corporation
  • Roger McNamee, Managing Director & co-Founder, Elevation Partners
  • Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California
  • Michael Moritz, Partner, Sequoia Capital
  • Susan Packard Orr, CEO, Telosa Software, Inc.
  • Randy Pond, Executive Vice President, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Amy Rao, Founder & CEO, Integrated Archive Systems
  • Jana Rich, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds
  • Miriam Rivera, Former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Google, Inc.
  • John Roos, CEO, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Jonathan Rosenberg, SVP, Product Management, Google, Inc.
  • Dan Rosensweig, Investor
  • Dan Rubin, Partner, Alloy Ventures
  • Hilary Schneider, Executive Vice President US Region, Yahoo! Inc.
  • Len Shustek, Chairman, Computer History Museum
  • Jeff Skoll, Former President, eBay Inc.
  • Stephanie Tilenius, SVP, eBay North America
  • Joy Weiss, President & CEO, Dust Networks
  • Steve Westly, former California State Controller & former SVP eBay Inc.
  • Evan Williams, CEO, Twitter

For a complete list of NO on 8 endorsements, visit

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