Google debuts campaign to ‘legalize love’ in Singapore, Poland – report

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The company wants to inspire "countries to legalize marriage for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people around the world"

Google's Valentines Google doodle this year also carried a gay-marriage theme.

MANILA, Philippines – Homophobic cultures, take note.

On Sunday, July 7, Google launched “Legalize Love,” a worldwide campaign set on “inspiring countries to legalize marriage for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people around the world,” according to report on 429 Magazine

The company debuted the campaign in Poland and Singapore. Google will eventually expand the campaign to every country where they have an office, with focus on places “with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist.” 

“We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office,” the report quoted Google’s Mark Palmer-Edgecumb as saying. 

Palmer-Edgecumb added that Singapore was chosen for the launch of the campaign’s first phase because of the city-state’s goal to be a “global financial center and world leader.” 

“We can push them on the fact that being a global center and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation,” he said. 

429 Magazine said that the campaign is also good for Google’s business operations. Palmer-Edgecumbe explained: “We operate in many countries and have a very globally mobile workforce. We have had a number of instances where we have been trying to hire people into countries where there are these issues and have been unable to put the best person into a job in that country.”

This isn’t the company’s first time to show their support for the issue, the Huffington Post noted.

This year, they ran a Google Doodle with a pro gay-marriage message (see screen shot above or watch it here). In 2008, the company made a stand opposing a California ammendment that would ban same-sex marriage. -Rappler.com


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