Google has been vocal about its support for LGBT rights since quite some time. The company has frequently expressed its support for gay marriages and seemed to have launched a proper campaign to persuade certain governments for gay marriages. The campaign that has been launched is being called ‘Legalize Love.’
Naturally, while policy makers, human rights activists and other kinds of organizations may not be too effective in persuading governments around the world, corporations which have a global reach do have that kind of influence. And Google seems to be using its global economic influence to push forth the campaign for gay rights.
The two countries that Google initially intends to make the campaign a success in, include Singapore and Poland. Singapore is already aspiring to become a global financial capital and Google is of the view that it can persuade the official in Singapore to side with gay marriages since to be a global financial hub, it will have to incorporate all kinds of values and tolerate them.
A Google official stated at a recent Summit, “Singapore wants to be a global financial center and world leader and we can push them on the fact that being a global center and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation.”
In Poland, things are different in that the religious authorities are in a position to assert a lot of influence over politics. And the result is that even when some politicians do believe in gay rights, they don’t date to openly proclaim this and tend to oppose it. Thus, Google is using its reach and influence to initially have all anti-gay legislation removed from these two regions and ask for more tolerant laws.