Google kicked off its new ‘Legalize Love’ campaign aimed at human rights and employment discrimination for homosexuals this Saturday at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London.
Google executive Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe outlined the new ‘Legalize Love’ campaign which will focus on developing alliances with local companies and supporting grassroots organizing efforts in countries like Singapore, where certain homosexual activities are illegal, and Poland, where same-sex couples have no legal recognition.
“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. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work.”
‘Legalize Love’ was originally misreported by some, such as Dot429, to be a worldwide campaign by Google to inspire countries to legalize marriage for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people.
In a written statement, reports CNN, Google wanted to clarify the aim of the campaign is more about the supporting of workers in countries that criminalize homosexuality, focusing on human rights and employment discrimination and not necessarily about legalizing gay marriage, stating:
“‘Legalize Love’ is a campaign to promote safer conditions for gay and lesbian people inside and outside the office in countries with anti-gay laws on the books.”
Palmer-Edgecumbe continues on to state:
“We operate in many countries and have a very globally mobile workforce. We have had a number of instances where we have been trying to hire people into countries where there are these issues and have been unable to put the best person into a job in that country.”