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Google uses power to promote gay rights abroad July 25, 2012

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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Google has kicked off its “Legalize Love” campaign, designed to fight anti-homosexuality laws in several nations. Explaining the purpose of the campaign, Google executive Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe stated, “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.” The campaign, which starts with a conference in London, has come under heavy criticism by Christian groups. However, Google has clarified that it seeks to improve working and living conditions for members of the GLBT community, and is not focused on same-sex marriage.

For more on this campaign, see the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  What is the general message behind Google’s “Legalize Love” campaign? How might it be different when directed for international audiences, rather than an American audience?

2.  Will Google’s campaign create major backlash with serious consequences? Why, or why not?

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