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07/24/2012

Tony Perkins warns pro-gay Google; 'that's cute,' replies every internet user

by Jeremy Hooper

The FRC President:

After years on the Internet, Google is stepping into a different domain--politics. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Thanks to a new campaign, Google's approach to traditional values is to search--and destroy. The web giant just kicked off a worldwide push called "Legalize Love," aimed at breaking down the barriers to homosexuality around the globe. Their biggest targets? Countries that have moral objections to same-sex relationships. "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," said a spokesman. That means actively fighting laws in other countries that aren't as gay-friendly as Google would like. After watching Target and J.C. Penney take a financial hit after endorsing same-sex "marriage," Google should know better. They can push to "Legalize Love," but they shouldn't be surprised by the blow back. Because when it comes to Google, political neutrality is what most users are searching for. [FRC]

First of all, it's a complete "pro-family" myth that any company has taken a financial hit because of same-sex marriage support. That stat comes not from CNBC of WSJ, but rather the "say whatever the hell makes us sound powerful" echo chamber that the "values" crowd has twisted into existence. So that's one thing

But more than that: Does Tony Perkins really want to go toe-to-toe with Google? Is he ready to pull all of FRC's properties from all of Google's enterprises? I (and I suspect you) know FRC's love of fundraising enough to know that he/they are not about to seriously walk away from the internet's most powerful company. Especially when you consider all of the other tech companies (Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, etc) that are on record as being with LGBT equality. That aforementioned echo chamber will reverberate a lot less when it's reverted back to letter-writing!

So go ahead and threaten away, Tony Perkins. In the meantime, Google will go on trying to make the word a much better place by opening the eyes of companies where homosexuality can quite literally come with a death penalty.

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