Google Again Backs Gay Marriages, Europe Slow to Adopt Google Chrome
Article by George Norman
On 19 Jan 2009
Mountain View search giant Google, who has made it very clear that it does not agree with California’s Proposition 8 which would not allow same-sex couples to get married, has now come out and reiterated its support for gay couples. In related Google news, it seems that European internauts are still relying on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox for their online browsing and are slow to pick up the speedy Google Chrome.

General Counsel with Google, Kent Walker comments: “In September of last year, Google announced its opposition to California's Proposition 8. While the campaign was emotionally charged and difficult for both sides, in the wake of the election many were concerned with the impact Proposition 8 could have on the personal lives of people they work with every day, and on California's ability to attract and retain a diverse mix of employees from around the world. That's why we've signed an amicus brief (PDF file) in support of several cases currently challenging Proposition 8 in the California Supreme Court. Denying employees basic rights isn't right, and it isn't good for businesses. We are committed to preserving fundamental rights for every one of the people who work hard to make Google a success.”


To put it simply, Google currently employs a wide range of talented men and women, of both heterosexual and gay orientation. If the state of California would move to annul same-sex marriages, then Google would stand to lose some key talent from its organization, which is never a good thing.

Moving on, it seems that Google Chrome, which is not only out of Beta with Chrome 1.0 and into pre-Beta with Chrome 2.0, is only used by 1.1% of Europeans. The top three positions in the survey conducted by XiTiMonitor are held by Microsoft's Internet Explorer with 59.5%, Mozilla Firefox with 31.1% and Opera with 5.1%.

Tags: Google, Chrome, Proposition 8
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