Google's new campaign is called "Legalize Love." It will focus on countries such as Singapore, where certain homosexual activities are illegal, and Poland, which has no legal recognition of same-sex couples.
Palmer-Edgecumbe said, "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. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work."
He added, "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."
Although the "Legalize Love" campaign sounds as though it will focus on same-sex marriage, a Google spokesperson called that inaccurate. Instead Google will focus on human rights and employment discrimination.
That said, Google has spoken out before on same-sex marriage issues, most notably in 2008 when it "came out" against California's "Proposition 8" ban on same-sex marriage. That ban was eventually overturned in a federal court and appears headed to the Supreme Court.