Google faces criticism over global push for gay advocacy
Google’s push for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships in countries like Poland has drawn the ire of critics, who suggest the company should address basic human rights violations elsewhere.
“I am afraid that Google can’t distinguish between discrimination, tolerance and promotion,” Fr. Maciej Zieba, the director of Krakow’s Tertio Millennio Institute, told CNA July 17.
“In my opinion, it would be much better if Google with the same zeal will concentrate on violations of human rights in many countries of Asia and Africa where elementary human rights are violated.”
On July 7 in London, Google executive Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe told the Global LGBT Workplace Summit that Google’s Legalize Love Campaign will develop initiatives around the world as part of “a very ambitious piece of work.”
“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,” he said.
The campaign will focus on countries like Poland, which does not recognize homosexual couples, and Singapore, which criminalizes homosexual acts.
A July 8 cache of the company’s diversity home page reads “Google believes that LGBT rights are human rights. We are partnering with organizations around the world to decriminalize homosexuality and eliminate homophobia.”
The internet giant, however, has since modified how it is presenting the campaign. The company’s Warsaw office recently hosted politician and homosexual activist Krystian Legierski for “an office-wide talk and discussion lunch on the importance of civil partnership laws.”
The page now has language that echoes Palmer-Edgecumbe’s statement. [More]