LGBT friendly Google Inc. has announced that it has launched a global campaign in support of LGBT Equality and same-sex marriage equality.
“Legalize Love” will launch today in Poland and Singapore and then, they hope, the rest of the world and will focus on places with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist.
Google’s Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe:
“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. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work. Their strategy involves developing partnerships between companies and organizations to support grass-roots campaigns
(Countries like) 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.” At the end of the day, the “Legalize Love” campaign is also good for Google’s business. “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,”
In Singapore, sex between men is still a crime. Section 377A of the Penal Code of Singapore is the main remaining piece of legislation which criminalizes sex between mutually consenting adult men.
Will Google run the “Legalize Gay” campaign in the USA? That still remains to be seen.
But while America is not as bad as many counties in its treatment of the LGBT community, neither is the most progressive or the best.
Countries such as Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain. Canada, and even South Africa are far more accepting and advanced when it comes to LGBT Equality laws and acceptance.
And for that America, a country in which supposedly “all men are created equal”, should be deeply ashamed.