Facebook's official Diversity Page (http://facebook.com/facebookdiversity) contains this statement, under a photo of hundreds of people at a Pride festival carrying "Pride Connects Us" signs:
"At Facebook, we value the impact that every individual can have. We are dedicated to creating an environment where people can be their authentic selves and share their diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and ideas."
Despite this stated commitment to diversity and equality, however, on May 13, 2014, Facebook, Inc. donated $10,000 to the campaign of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Reyes has taken the lead in the fight to continue the oppression of Utah's LGBT population and is pushing that fight into the national arena by calling upon the United States Supreme Court to overturn the lower court rulings that have deemed marriage discrimination laws to be unconstitutional. He has also filed suit in Utah's Supreme Court to halt adoptions by same-sex couples and to break up several adoptions that were legally ordered by family judges on those grounds.
Realizing that Facebook can't take back its contribution to Reyes, we hereby request that Facebook 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. Stormont has publicly proclaimed his support of non-discrimination protections for Utah's LGBT population and has vowed to end these ridiculous and discriminatory lawsuits.
- Facebook, Inc. and Mark Zuckerberg
Please retract your support of Sean Reyes for Utah Attorney General. In his capacity as Attorney General he has wasted hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' dollars pursuing bigoted policy and has filed suit in state and federal court to break up adopted families.
Per conversations with your PR people, I understand that you are concerned with a broad range of issues, not just equality. That being said, however, the Attorney General of the State of Utah has very little (if any) real influence on patent reform and internet safety. These are federal issues.
The damage AG Reyes has inflicted, and continues to inflict, upon LGBT individuals in Utah far outweigh what little he could do to support your goals in other areas. Additionally, he is taking that damage to the national arena with his recent Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the US Supreme Court.
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