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[6]: Explanation
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 8th Jul 2012 22:19 UTC 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[7]: Explanation
by JAlexoid on Sun 8th Jul 2012 22:48 in reply to "RE[6]: Explanation"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Microsoft - who have made smaller gestures to this effect as well


You might have guessed that I'm not a Microsoft supporter, but you are wrong there. Microsoft does quite a lot with the LGBTQ organisations.

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RE[7]: Explanation
by pepa on Mon 9th Jul 2012 19:35 in reply to "RE[6]: Explanation"
pepa Member since:
2005-07-08

Don't you see that you are discriminating?? If people are of the opinion that same-sex marriages shouldn't be allowed, are they no longer allowed to express that opinion?

We would all be much better off to prioritize Tolerance as a value. You are not only intolerant, you are deleting posts of people that express an opinion you don't agree with, while you're not deleting posts of people you do agree with. That is discrimination.

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RE[8]: Explanation
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 9th Jul 2012 21:33 in reply to "RE[7]: Explanation"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

If people are of the opinion that same-sex marriages shouldn't be allowed, are they no longer allowed to express that opinion?


Should I also allow racism? Should I just let people comment about how black people should have less rights than white people? Why is it any different for gay people?

Racism, discrimination, and so on is not allowed on OUR site. If you want to visit sites that allow racism and discrimination, either build your own, or visit the dark corners of the web to join your kind.

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