Google has added a U-shaped rainbow to the end of its search bar to mark the Gay and Lesbian pride month. The rainbow will show up whenever a user searches LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) related terms.
The six-color rainbow, a symbol of gay pride, is a new addition this year. Google had added a thin bar below the search window with the six colors placed end to end, in the past.
Though Google is generally not too keen on a taking a stand for a social issue, gay rights have been an exception.
In 2008, Google had opposed the anti-gay marriage measure of California that was eventually approved.
Announcing its political decision to oppose the Proposition 8, Sergey Brin, Co-founder of Google, wrote on Google blog in September 2008: However, while there are many objections to this proposition -- further government encroachment on personal lives, ambiguously written text -- it is the chilling and discriminatory effect of the proposition on many of our employees that brings Google to publicly oppose Proposition 8. While we respect the strongly-held beliefs that people have on both sides of this argument, we see this fundamentally as an issue of equality. We hope that California voters will vote no on Proposition 8 -- we should not eliminate anyone's fundamental rights, whatever their sexuality, to marry the person they love.