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04/22/2005

Micro'gay'te

by Jeremy Hooper

 As Micro'gay'te rolls along, Microsoft continues to deny any connection between external pressure from an evangelical pastor and their decision to withdraw support for a state bill that would have barred gay discrimination. The company admits to meeting with Pastor Ken Hutcherson, but they hold firm in their position that their decision to go "neutral" was based on a company need to "focus on other legislative matters," and not Pastor Hutcherson's anti-gay sentiment.

Oh, but that ain't how Hutch remembers it.

He is quoted in today's NY Times as telling Microsoft executives that unless they "backed off," he "was going to give them something to be afraid of Christians about." He also claims to have told the execs, "If you don't think the moral issue is not a big issue, just count the amount of votes that were cast on moral issues in the last election."

Despite ending his first statement with a preposition, and his use of a double negative in the second quote, Hutcherson's clear in his assertion that he's the man responsible for Microsoft's capitulation. And whether he's telling the truth or not, his self-congratulatory tone and desire to incite fear via religious belief is both infuriating and depressing. Not to mention frightening beyond all belief.

   What happened to this promising young football star from Alabama? And how did a young man's passion for pigskin lead to an older gent's rage against homos? Maybe someone got a little too fresh with the rear pattin' during the gridiron days?

Whatever the motivation, a Hutcherson fumble is inevitable, as decency and respect always triumph in the end.

As for Microsoft - What the hell happened to your nads? You run the free world, for goodness sake!!! Now's not the time to let the high school bully steal your voice.

Microsoft Comes Under Fire for Reversal on Gay Rights Bill [NYTimes.com]
Microsoft caught lying to New York Times about abandoning gays [Americablog]

RELATED: Forget Microsoft for a minute... [G-A-Y]
Did Microsoft p*ssy out? [G-A-Y]

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