Google's new "Legalize Love" campaign isn't about trying to legalize gay marriage, as has been erroneously reported across the Web over the weekend. Rather, Google's intent is to decriminalize homosexuality in countries where a particular sexual preference might be against the law, as well as to "eliminate homophobia around the world." Safer working conditions for Google employees is also a goal.
"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," Google's Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe stated at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London today, according to Dot429.com. "It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work."
That same site appears to also be the source of confusion, stating incorrectly that Google's intention is to "legalize marriage for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people around the world." Google dismissed that notion, telling The Washington Post that it's goal is to "promote safer conditions for gay and lesbian people inside and outside the office in countries with anti-gay laws on the books," a sentiment that's echoed on Google's Legalize Love website.
Google has been supporting gay rights for some time now, dating back to at least 2008 when company co-founder Sergey Brin posted a statement in opposition to California's Prop 9 ban on same-sex marriage.
"Google has a long history of support for Pride Celebrations around the world. In 2011, over one thousand Googlers participated in Pride celebrations in a dozen cities to support equality," the sultan of search points out. "To date in 2012, 1,500+ Googlers have marched in Pride Celebrations, including Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv and Warsaw."