Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Jul 2012 17:54 UTC
Google Fantastic initiative by Google. Anna Peirano details: "Google is launching a new campaign called 'Legalize Love' with the intention of inspiring countries to legalize marriage for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people around the world. The 'Legalize Love' campaign officially launches in Poland and Singapore on Saturday, July 7th. Google intends to eventually expand the initiative to every country where the company has an office, and will focus on places with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist." As proud as I am of living in the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, it's easy to forget we only did so in 2000. Also, it's about time the large technology companies of the world started using their power, reach, and money to do good. Hopefully, this initiative will transcend company boundaries, uniting them behind a common, noble goal.
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RE: Comment by marcp
by ssokolow on Sun 8th Jul 2012 20:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by marcp"
ssokolow
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Now, I don't get the whole thing. I don't see literally *any* connection between tech and people of the same sexual orientation other than the fact, that they can be workers at Google or other tech company.


That IS the connection. Studies have shown that, the more tolerant a tech company is of LGBT individuals, the easier it is for them to get lots of skilled workers.

(Even the "ordinary" ones who generally feel more comfortable in a tolerant environment. I guess there's some kind of correlation between being a highly-skilled tech worker and having a liberal mindset.)

At the beginning of this year, Microsoft beat Google to this sort of thing by joining Vulcan, NIKE, RealNetworks, Group Health Cooperative, and Concur in backing bills to legalize gay marriage in Washington state.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/01/microsoft-cal...

This is just Google one-upping Microsoft on that front... probably in the hopes of not looking less inviting than Microsoft to new employees.

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by twitterfire on Sun 8th Jul 2012 20:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
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2008-09-11


At the beginning of this year, Microsoft beat Google to this sort of thing by joining Vulcan, NIKE, RealNetworks, Group Health Cooperative, and Concur in backing bills to legalize gay marriage in Washington state.


They are just (stupidly) following a trend. I doubt that Steve Ballmer or Bill Gates has the same personal opinions as Microsoft's "official" opinion.

If it will be trendy and fashionable to promote pink flying pigs MS will promote pink flying pigs. And so will Apple and others. Corporations are full of hypocrites - at least in the PR departments.

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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by n4cer on Sun 8th Jul 2012 21:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
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2005-07-06


They are just (stupidly) following a trend. I doubt that Steve Ballmer or Bill Gates has the same personal opinions as Microsoft's "official" opinion.

If it will be trendy and fashionable to promote pink flying pigs MS will promote pink flying pigs. And so will Apple and others. Corporations are full of hypocrites - at least in the PR departments.


If they didn't personally agree, they wouldn't have each made personal donations.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/microsoftpri0/2018582581_ball...

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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by JAlexoid on Sun 8th Jul 2012 22:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
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2009-05-19

As much as I dislike Microsoft, they do value their employees. And their positions and sponsorships are reflecting their support for their own loyal employees.

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