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[4]: Explanation
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 8th Jul 2012 20:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Explanation"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm going to respectfully disagree with you on that.


If you're on my side of the screen, you'd understand. I can't leave broken threads, since readers would not be able to make sense of it. It's not an exact science, but alas. Leave all comments, people complain. Remove a few comments, people complain. Use the hatchet, and people complain. There's no right way here.

In any case, just as I would remove "black people shouldn't be allowed to get married to white people", I will remove "gay people are not allowed to get married with other gay people".

I will also not avoid posting a news item just because large parts of the world do not yet have full legal equality for all its citizens. Can't help it us Dutch and several other countries are ahead of the curve there. I refuse to lower my standards or compromise my integrity - if I were to not post this story just because some people would get upset, I would not be able to see some of my friends eye-to-eye.

Edited 2012-07-08 20:51 UTC

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RE[5]: Explanation
by twitterfire on Sun 8th Jul 2012 21:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Explanation"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

There's no right way here.

There is. Letting users to mod by voting down comments if they don't like and/or agree with them.


Can't help it us Dutch and several other countries are ahead of the curve there.

That might be the case but said curve is Gauss curve.


I refuse to lower my standards or compromise my integrity - if I were to not post this story just because some people would get upset, I would not be able to see some of my friends eye-to-eye.

The same, the only difference being that I am able to look into my friends eyes and not agreeing with the legalisation of marriage between homosexuals.

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RE[6]: Explanation
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 8th Jul 2012 22:02 in reply to "RE[5]: Explanation"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

There is. Letting users to mod by voting down comments if they don't like and/or agree with them.


I wouldn't let users vote on "black people should not be allowed to marry white people" either - I would remove a comment like that immediately. This is non-negotiable. If you do not want to visit a site that removes discriminating comments, you should not visit OSNews. As simple as that. I'm now closing the discussion on moderation. Keep that in mind.

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RE[6]: Explanation
by Soulbender on Mon 9th Jul 2012 02:32 in reply to "RE[5]: Explanation"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

There is. Letting users to mod by voting down comments if they don't like and/or agree with them.


Yeah but we aren't, really. As soon as you have posted you are no longer trusted with the responsibility to mod because, you know, we are not adults.
I guess it's like what they say: you know others as you know yourself.

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RE[5]: Explanation
by dimosd on Sun 8th Jul 2012 22:12 in reply to "RE[4]: Explanation"
dimosd Member since:
2006-02-10

if I were to not post this story just because some people would get upset, I would not be able to see some of my friends eye-to-eye.


So basically, it's about keeping your gay friends happy...
I've met people who were gay, educated and more or less ok, and I've met other people (50yos in public toilets trying to pick up young boys; MDMA-crazed, nearly-psychotic bisexuals acting in very embarassing ways) who were most definetely simply perverts.
Please don't be so self-righteous, your "goal" isn't as "noble" and self-evident as you would like it to be.

I dare you not to censor this message...

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RE[6]: Explanation
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 8th Jul 2012 22:19 in reply to "RE[5]: Explanation"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

So basically, it's about keeping your gay friends happy...


No, it's about a prominent technology company standing up for basic civil rights. When I saw this story, I immediately labelled it as posting-material - only to realise 10 seconds later that people who discriminate might be offended by it. And 0.000000000000001 seconds after that I realised that not posting something because I might offend people who discriminate is weak, pathetic, and gutless.

This is a great, important, and much-needed initiative. The fact that a publicly traded company does so is all the more important. Hopefully, Apple and Microsoft - who have made smaller gestures to this effect as well - will join this effort and also fight for basic civil rights, whether some people want to deny their fellow citizens basic civil rights or no.

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RE[6]: Explanation
by JAlexoid on Sun 8th Jul 2012 22:46 in reply to "RE[5]: Explanation"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

And I've "met" heterosexuals that are paedophiles, rapists and perverts. Do you have a point, beyond singling out gays?

PS: The one's that are demanding equal rights are not the perverted ones. The perverted ones are too busy preaching in your local Catholic church on Sundays*



*-To all righteous Catholics - Please excuse my extreme exaggeration.

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