They are backing the pro-homosexual lobby against prop 8 in California. Stupid to do so as well - there will be a backlash. Here is what the head of Google says:
As an Internet company, Google is an active participant in policy debates surrounding information access, technology and energy. Because our company has a great diversity of people and opinions -- Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, all religions and no religion, straight and gay -- we do not generally take a position on issues outside of our field, especially not social issues. So when Proposition 8 appeared on the California ballot, it was an unlikely question for Google to take an official company position on.Why is this stupid? Because we will now be considering moving our blog off of blogger (among others as well) - a Google company. Because they are disenfranchising a huge (read - most) of their users. Because there is no "fundamental right" to marry whomever you "love". Because google logic apparently only works on computers and not in social policy.
However, while there are many objections to this proposition -- further government encroachment on personal lives, ambiguously written text -- it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8. While we respect the strongly-held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 -- we should not eliminate anyone's fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love.
Posted by Sergey Brin, Co-founder & President, Technology
Why does the Catholic Church oppose this? Because the family is the basic unit of society and a husband and wife are the best option for raising children in a loving and stable environment. When this is taken away, a child's chances for poverty, criminal behavior, etc. go up. It is also a relationship that takes sexuality out of the proper context it is intended for - husband and wife.
One of the purposes of sex is babies. Simple thought, but this is denied by our culture today in some areas. But, nature reveals this truth to us. Sex = babies. This is why our government needs to protect this - because society needs more productive citizens and marriage brings them into being.
Ultimately there is a confusion over "rights". The children have a right to a mother and father. But, there is no "right" to marry whomever one wishes to marry. This is a social construct, that according to nature, we don't have the right to invent.