San Francisco recently witnessed a rather overwhelming crowd of people who participated in its Gay Pride parade. Interestingly, Mark Zuckerberg also participated in the parade, together with nearly 700 of Facebook’s employees, expressing full support for LGBT rights.
The sense of jubilation at the parade in SF was clearly visible, which was a result of the recent verdict by Supreme Court. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which essentially forbade gay couples from enjoying the standard federal benefits for married couples.
The ruling by Supreme Court is a huge step forth for the LGBT community. Even such states which are still averse to the concept, will be forced to soften up their stance towards gay marriages, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling.
At the Gay Pride parade in SF, a number of tech companies registered their presence by sending in their employees. Apart from Facebook, Google and Apple also participated in the event. However, with 700 employees, or 15% of its total workforce, Facebook certainly has the largest presence among the tech companies.
The company has also put up signs all over its campus which indicate its support for the LGBT rights. One sign, stationed outside the company’s campus, shows a like icon with the ring finger wearing the rainbow ring. It is certainly appreciable of the tech companies to take up human rights like this and actively back such a cause.