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Google pushes for gay rights with Legalise Love campaign

Google has thrown itself behind an increasingly common cause among major tech firms by launching a new campaign promoting gay rights.

We’ve reported both Apple and Facebook’s recent gay-friendly changes to emoticons and timeline icons respectively, but Google’s Legalise Love campaign takes the issue further as the search giant calls for the wholesale decriminalisation of homosexuality.

The programme was officially launched over the weekend, with a focus on protecting the rights of company employees in nations like Poland, where there is no legal recognition of same-sex couples, and Singapore, whose laws declare certain homosexual activities illegal.

Legalise Love was announced at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London on Saturday, and the Google website now has its own page dedicated to the campaign. The company says, “We are proud to be recognised as a leader in LGBT inclusion efforts, but there is still a long way to go to achieve full equality. Legalise Love is our call to decriminalise homosexuality and eliminate homophobia around the world.”

Google wants its employees to “be themselves and thrive” wherever they work in the world and for them to always be “safe and accepted.”