Apple has joined the short list of publicly traded companies to oppose a ballot measure that would take away the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.

The Cupertino-based computer and iPod maker posted a notice on its Web site Friday pledging $100,000 to defeat Proposition 8.

The statement says Apple views Prop. 8 as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue.

Jeans maker Levi-Strauss last month gave $25,000 to fight the initiative.

An Apple spokesman declined to elaborate on the company's position.

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