Google’s “Legalize Love” campaign not as initially reported

I held off on posting about this over the weekend because something about it didn’t smell quite right.

First off, every single story linked back to one single source that I’d never heard of.  Then there was the fact that no one in the traditional media had the story.  Just seemed odd that mainstream news sources wouldn’t have a story about Google supposedly pushing marriage worldwide.  That’s not something they’d shy away from.

Now we know the true story, via the Washington Post. Its still a great story.  But it’s not the story everyone’s been pushing.

The Internet has been buzzing this weekend over a reported announcement by Google that it is launching a worldwide push to legalize same-sex marriage. However, the tech giant says its new “Legalize Love” campaign isn’t about gay marriage at all, but rather supporting workers in countries that criminalize homosexuality.

“‘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,” said a Google spokesperson in a statement.

It will be interesting to see WHAT exactly this campaign translates into. How exactly will Google push to support workers in countries that criminalize homosexuality?

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