Google Comes Out in Support of Gays at the Olympics

2.6.2014

By Stacy Lambe

The site takes a stand against Russia's anti-gay laws

Citing the offical Olympic Charter, Google has taken a stand against Sochi and the host nation Russia of the Winter Olympic Games. On the first day of competition and a night before the opening ceremonies, the search engine changed its logo to a rainbow flag of Winter Olympic athletes.

In addition to the new Google Doodle, the site included a quote from the charter that reads:

"The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play."

The update is not limited to the U.S., the homepage has also been changed in Russia. 

Google is not the only company to take a stand this week. Budweiser dropped its support of the competition and AT&T and Chobani have taken public stands. 

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