Google Launches Gay Rights Campaign

'Legalize Love' targets countries with anti-gay laws

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 9, 2012 12:51 AM CDT | Updated Jul 9, 2012 4:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Google has launched an ambitious campaign to boost gay rights all over the world. With its "Legalize Love" campaign, it plans to focus on countries like Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, and Poland, where same-sex couples have no legal recognition, CNN reports. Early reports described the campaign as a push for legalizing same-sex marriage, which Google has long supported, but the company says the focus is on human rights and employment discrimination.

Legalize Love "is a campaign to promote safer conditions for gay and lesbian people inside and outside the office in countries with anti-gay laws on the books," Google said in a statement. The company's head of diversity says Google wants its LGBT employees in the 60 countries it has offices in to enjoy the same rights outside the office as they do inside. "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.

People hold a rainbow flag during the Gay Pride parade in Lisbon last month.   (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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