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April 21, 2005
Drop Them A Note, Give Them A Call

Maybe what Microsoft's management really needs is nicer letters from the millions of computer users who are in favor of gay rights or, at a minimum, object to discrimination.

Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are available here (I'm gonna have to donate to AmericaBlog, aren't I?) and please remember that swearing, threats of violence, and name-calling are less-impressive than calm, rational prose.

Dear ________:

I read about Microsoft withdrawing support for House bill 1515, the anti-gay-discrimination bill, and I'm very disappointed.

I have been a Microsoft customer for many decades and while I'm reluctant to make threats, I'm also aware that alternatives to Microsoft's OS and programs are freely available. "Freely" indeed, since many alternatives, in fact, both free and largely advertised as superior products. Until this time I've stuck with the Microsoft package but your decision to support institutionalized bigotry in this country is making me reconsider that decision.

Had Microsoft chosen to stay out of the politics of gay discrimination, that would have been one thing. Not admirable, but an understandable corporate decision.

Since your corporation chose to involve itself, to stand up publicly in favor of anti-discrimination, to withdraw support at this point out of fear of the opinion of a small group of people is shameful. (The fact that the corporation even investigated employees with an eye toward firing them at the request of one highly biased, partisan, non-employee is a bit surprising.)

Based upon your own corporation's praiseworthy history of providing partnership benefits to employees, regardless of sexual orientation, I find it difficult to believe the corporation itself is unwilling to put its not-inconsiderable support behind this idea on a larger scale or at least to assist in eliminating active discrimination.

I urge you to reconsider this move. Discrimination against any group of citizens, whether based on gender, race, age, or sexual orientation is un-American. Take a stand for liberty and for American values. Support Bill 1515.

Thank you for your attention,

_your name__
__city, state__
___phone (if you want)___

Posted by AnneZook at 11:26 AM