Another international technology giant has thrown its support behind Australia’s marriage equality campaign, with leading online finance firm PayPal today (Wed) pledging to match up to $50,000 in donations to the “yes” campaign.
PayPal’s pledge will follow a slew of supportive messages from big technology names, including Google, Uber, Twitter, HP, and from Apple, which issued a statement in support of changing Australian marriage laws the day before its iPhone X launch last month.
The new financial commitment will also come after PayPal canned a major operations centre in a protest against bathroom laws discriminating against transgender people in the United States.
PayPal Australia small and medium business director Brian McDonnell said technology firms had a “social responsibility” to back the marriage equality movement in Australia, as well as a popular platform with which to raise awareness.
“If you look at tech companies like Microsoft and, locally, Atlassian, they are actively advocating in the same way as PayPal that the result of this survey should be a ‘yes’ and marriage equality should exist for Australians,” Mr McDonnell said.
“Every person in Australia, and broadly around the world, has technology in their pocket every single day and that is a driving force in itself. That really creates a platform to get broad distribution about a critical issue.
“This is not about marriage. It’s actually about equality before the law.”
Mr McDonnell said PayPal would “match any donation up to $250” made on the Equality Campaign website (australiansforequality.nationbuilder.com/matchdonate) up to a total of $50,000.