California Proposition 8, as Wikipedia explains, “is an initiative measure on the 2008 California General Election ballot” which is titled “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry”. If passed, Wikipedia explains by quoting from a government site, the proposition would “change the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.”
Bilerico.com asked Google about this, and was directed to the AdWords advertising policies page which reads:
Political advertising is allowed.
We permit political advertisements regardless of the political views they represent. Stating disagreement with or campaigning against a candidate for public office, a political party, or public administration is generally permissible.
However, political ads must not include accusations or attacks relating to an individual’s personal life, nor can they advocate against a protected group.
Google clarifies that a “protected group is distinguished by their: ... Sexual orientation/Gender identity”. Whether you thus believe that particular ad goes against the policy or not – and whether you believe Google should play strict moderator for these things in the first place –, the ad does seem misplaced in terms of targeting for the majority of users for the site it was shown on (it’s not strictly misplaced for all users of the site though, e.g. someone undecided on the issue of gay marriage may research it, stumble upon Bilerico during research, and then click on the ad).
Recently, Google through a blog post by Sergey Brin took an official stance on proposition 8. “[I]t is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8,” Sergey wrote.
[Thanks K. of Gays.com!]
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