Facebook’s $10,000 donation to antigay Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes pales in comparison to the donation AT&T made to the gubernatorial campaign of Greg Abbott, the antigay Republican of Texas currently running against Wendy Davis.
The telecommunications giant recently shelled out $75,000 to help elect Abbott the next Governor of Texas. That’s in addition to a $50,000 donation made to his campaign for Attorney General last year, when it was expected he would enter the gubernatorial race. In total, AT&T has handed over $125,000 to the guy who claims gay people aren’t discriminated against, that they do have the freedom to marry… members of the opposite sex.
“All persons in Texas — regardless of sexual orientation — are subject to the same definition of marriage, and the plaintiffs are as free to marry an opposite-sex spouse as anyone else in the State,” Abbott said while arguing in favor of upholding Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year.
In an e-mail to Long Star Q, AT&T spokesman Marty Richter insisted that, despite the company’s $125,000 in donations to a politician who is actively working against the equal rights of LGBT people, AT&T loves the gays.
“Diversity and inclusion are part of AT&T’s culture and operations, and we’re proud to be recognized as a leader in this area,” he stated. “Every year since 2004 we’ve received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for our fair treatment of our LGBTQ employees, including protection against discrimination, parity of health care benefits for domestic partners and other criteria.”
But AT&T isn’t the only one proclaiming their love for Abbott. It is joined by none other than Sarah Palin, who endorsed the candidate earlier this year by saying, “If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!”