Facebook gave Utah’s Attorney General, Sean Reyes, a major donation. But some people aren’t happy that Facebook has been supporting Reyes and his political agenda. Read on to learn why that cash donation has got so many people up in arms.
1. Facebook Donated $10,000 to Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes
Sean Reyes is in the news today because Facebook donated $10,000 to his campaign back in May. Some people think this donation was in bad taste, as Reyes is opposed to gay marriage. Despite the fact that Facebook has recently made efforts to support diversity, some critics think that this donation undermines all of Facebook’s previous efforts.
A Facebook spokesperson told GaySaltLake.com:
“Facebook has a strong record on LGBT issues and that will not change, but we make decisions about which candidates to support based on the entire portfolio of issues important to our business, not just one. A contribution to a candidate does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate takes. We made this donation for the same reason we’ve donated to Attorneys General on the opposite side of this issue – because they are committed to fostering innovation and an open Internet.”
2. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Doesn’t ‘Hate’ Gay People
The Huffington Post has previously reported that Sean Reyes opposes marriage equality. However, he told reporters, his opposition to gay marriage is not based on “hate”:
“I can assure you, we are not motivated by hate, we are not targeting out of animus or any sinister motives particular individuals or families in Utah.”
3. Reyes Is ‘The Face’ of Marriage ‘Sanctity’
Learn more about Reyes in the video above.
Valley Wag reports that Reyes is generally considered to be “the face legal opposition to marriage equality in America.” Valley Wag has some additional background info about the Reyes agenda:
“Reyes has irked LGBT activists for his aggressive stance against gay rights. After being sworn in as Attorney General this past December, the first issue he tackled was ‘the defense of marriage,’ saying his office would be ‘willing to spend whatever it takes’ to defend Utah’s gay marriage ban, which had been struck down by a US District Court earlier that month.”
4. Sean Reyes Is New to Politics
You can watch Reyes get sworn into his office in the video above.
According to the Deseret News, Reyes is a Republican. His run for the attorney general spot was his first attempt at winning a political office. He lost in his run against Swallow, but Reyes was later appointed to his desired political post by Utah Governor Gary Herbert following the Swallow’s resignation.
Prior to holding his position as the Attorney General of Utah, Reyes was a litigator and corporate attorney. According to this website, Reyes was honored as the first-ever National Outstanding Young Lawyer by the American Bar Association.
5. Sean Reyes Is Against Obamacare
On his “Issues” webpage, Reyes has outlined his feelings about a number of issues, including how he treats drug crimes and white collar crimes. He also makes his feelings about Obamacare quite clear:
“Obamacare and the hundreds of federal regulations coming out of Washington DC will severely limit economic growth in Utah. Utah needs an Attorney General with experience in the courtroom to fight Obama’s unconstitutional mandates and regulations, specifically Obamacare. As your Attorney General I will aggressively oppose the implementation of Obamacare and any other federal program that infringes on our state sovereignty.”