Legalize Love

Google has started a global campaign in support of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. The internet giant announced its Legalize Love campaign at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit 2012, which took place in London. The campaign was launched in Poland and Singapore. Organizers plan to expand the campaign to every country where Google has an office, focusing on countries where anti-gay sentiment runs high.

“Singapore wants to be a global financial centre and world leader and we can push them on the fact that being a global centre and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation,” Google’s Palmer-Edgecumbe said of the decision to include Singapore in the campaign’s initial phase.

Not everyone is happy about [the need for] such a campaign though:

All this manpower, cash and effort could be going towards actual issues like cancer research, ending starvation etc etc etc… FUCK the religious for making gay marriage an issue at all and forcing all this debate and consumption of valuable resources towards something that’s none of their fucking business in the first place and should have never been an issue, there shouldn’t be anything to legalize and I’m sick of this.  –Redditor

It’s unclear if those homophobes who got their jimmies rustled over gay Oreos before will now switch to another search engine. Bing is out of question at least considering the donation of $200k for a marriage equality campaign by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer.

  

24 thoughts on “Legalize Love”

  1. I have a lot of respect for google for doing this, the redditor quote should have been used, the persons argument makes no sense.

    1. I can understand the Redditor’s sentiment, it shouldn’t be an issue in the first place. However, one can either stamp one’s foot and whine that it’s unfair, or one can do something about it. Google is doing something, and bravo for them.

  2. The institution of marriage, and by extension monogamy, is one of the most failed of our time. It is time to get beyond this fraud which has been perpetrated on us by religious dogma and work out new and more appropriate social arrangements for people regardless of what kind of sexual behavior they practice.

    1. That’s not really the point. As long as marriage exists it’s extremely important to make sure same-sex couples get the exact same rights as straight couples, otherwise kids will always grow up learning that love between two men or two women is worth less than the love or bond between a man and a woman.

      1. The majority of marriages in America end in divorce. That also gives the kiddies a great message. “Love” is a pretty flakey concept these days. And why only between two people? That’s the sickest and most damning part of it.

  3. Nice to see Big G doing this. I don’t care how failed or how good marriage is, homosexual folks need the right to make the same mistakes that heterosexual folk do in the same framework.

  4. =D The singaporeans are going to go nuts. “Do not interfere in our internal affairs, Google should only do bizine$$ >:(“. Asians…

  5. Google does some things I like, some things I don’t, but ultimately I use Google because I like the way it functions. I absolutley HATE Bing, Ask, Yahoo and Microsoft search engines.

  6. I had two failed marriages and a number of stormy relationships inbetween. I’m certain my life would be very different if marriage equality existed during the 60’s. I’d put penboy to shame if I expressed my thoughts on religion.

    1. This eternal indictment of Christianity I will write on all walls, wherever there are walls—I have letters to make even the blind see. I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great innermost corruption, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means is poisonous, stealthy, subterranean, small enough—I call it the one immortal blemish of mankind. F. N.

  7. The most interesting thing about this post (Google accepting and promoting marriagew equality) and very recently, Nabisco (Oreo Cookies) is that the “comfort zone” for all our stupid religious right is diminishing — and not as slowly as one would expect. This (and all the new laws in favor of gays getting nothing more than civil rights which they were supposed to have in the first place) is just driving them bananas as they go to their churches ⌂ ✟ . And one particular [pleasant?] ironic “twist” is the fact that R.J. Reynolds (a major Southern U.S. tobacco company) was for a time merged with Nabisco. So, how about them [Shredded Wheat] biscuits?? ☺

    And, Bruce, thank you very much! [I'm blushing!] ☺

  8. You’ll be surprised at how many gay people work for Google, I have seen and read many stories of Google employees supporting the LGBT community.

    This really shows that Google cares about what is going on in the world.

  9. let’s just think a bit! is it the only barrier for equal marriage that ppl around the world agree with it or admit?

  10. Many short follies… that is called love by you, and you put an end to many short follies with marriage which is one long stupidity. As usual, Nietzsche trumps everything.

      1. I wouldn’t say so at all, I just felt a need to be heard amongst the many voices wholly condemning marriage. My husband and I entered into our marriage after sober reflection and as a statement of committment to one another and our son. For us, as a family, it was the right choice and we are grateful to live in a state that recognizes us as such.

  11. Okay . . . for the sake of objectivity, despite how spiteful I can feel when it comes to Christianity and marriages, I think there are one or two points that MUST be cleared. You cannot blame how hard it is for homosexuals to be accepted on religion. It’s been proved that people who are homophobic are more likely to vote accordingly for their leader and for the laws that people who are not. So technically, the problem is that the opposing forces are a minority who wants to marry, another minority who hates the other, and a bunch of people who don’t give a fuck. (And YES, homophobic Christians are a minority in America, see : http://publicreligion.org/2012/06/fortnight-of-facts-religious-americans-perspectives-on-same-sex-marriage/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PublicReligionResearchInstitute+%28Public+Religion+Research+Institute%29) Now of course since the majority doesn’t care much about gay activism and gay rights, politicians are voted mostly by homophobes and so is the law.

    Now, blame Christians for PREACHING homophobia (or more importantly their book and leaders, because not all Christians are homophobic and we have no proof that a majority of them are) but don’t talk as if the mere concept of homophobia was invented by them, or by religion. Homophobia stems from a feeling of disgust. And now who made religion? US! Homophobes wrote a religion and since they were disgusted at homos they demonized us. Now do you have an idea of how many cultures around the world saw homosexuality as a bad thing in the pre-christian world? It sure boomed with Abrahamic religions, you can blame them for that, but still: don’t talk as if the mere notion of homophobia was invented by them, or as if there wouldn’t homophobia without religion. Without religion, homophobes would turn to self-held believes or ignorance to justify their disgust and not get over it. Do you have an idea of how many atheists I’ve met who told my mother it’s her fault that I’m a fagot? Or that it’s a disease?

    And about the ”mariage is scam made-up by religious people”, I’d like to point out that before the Church would start putting their big-ass nose in this, marriage was a civil thing. I understand resentment against Christianity for feeling it myself, but I don’t think most of the reactions I’ve seen here are exactly a rational response, it all rather sounds like spitting back hatred to me. Blame them for what they rationally be blamed for, demonizing Christians because they demonized to me sounds rather unfair. Demonization is NEVER completely fair.

  12. No, I did not miss Redditor’s passive-aggressive attack on gay marriage. Proclaiming gay marriage a non-issue is purely circular.

  13. I don’t trust Google. Neither other big IT companies like Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Yahoo etc. They are in too cosy relationships with governments and political police (like FBI, CIA, DHS, MI5 and 6, FSB, Mossad etc.) They are always happy to betray their consumers for some govt-given privileges. I try to use really independent firms and search engines (as far as they still exist.) I think these Google ads are just PR campaign that means nothing in reality. Will they spread gay-friendly materials in countries like China and Saudi Arabia? Hah! Not even funny.

    1. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, Sajhak. It’s nice to see someone who isn’t fooled by the scams.

      1. How stupid can someone be to be taken in by “rainbow” cookies and Google campaigns while on the other hand these same companies work with the most demonic government forces of repression.

  14. Well I see that Sajhak is not being taken in by the Google scam. I thought that CORBANE was very good also. I also believe he is right.

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