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The Next America Culture 2012 / Culture

Google Wants to Legalize Same Sex Marriage Worldwide

July 9, 2012

Bravo, Google. The tech giant announced a new campaign to legalize same sex marriage across the world at an LGBT conference on Saturday. Pointed out to us by Think Progress, Dot429 reports Google's Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe announced the "Legalize Love" campaign at an LGBT Workplace Summit in London on Saturday. The initiative starts in Singapore and Poland, but will eventually expand to every country that has a Google office. The idea is to "focus on places with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist," before expanding into more liberal countries. 

Palmer-Edgecumbe explained why Singapore is a good place for the company to start their campaign. "Singapore wants to be a global financial center and world leader and 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. 

In some instances, he said Google hasn't been able to employ the best person for the job because of some countries anti-gay culture. "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," he explained.

 

While the official "Legalize Love" campaign was just announced on Saturday, Google's never been shy about the company's support for gay marriage. As the Huffington Post points out, the company publicly condemned California's Proposition 8, saying "it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8." Also, this year's Valentine's Day Google doodle featured same sex couples in a collage at the end of the video. You can watch the whole thing here:

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