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YouTube is Breaching my Rights by Forcing me to Promote the Redefinition of Marriage

Last edited 15th July 2013

YouTube is Breaching my Rights by Forcing me to Promote the Redefinition of Marriage

On Friday 28th of June 2013 I logged onto my YouTube channel and saw a rainbow heart in the top left hand corner of the page.

I clicked on the heart and saw the words: “Show your pride. Share your love. #ProudToLove”

With the following message:

At YouTube, we believe that everyone has the right to love and be loved. We strive to make YouTube a place where all communities can feel proud to express themselves and connect through video. That's why we're proud to stand with the LGBT community and support equal rights and marriage equality for all…

Underneath the message were videos arranged in category topics such as:

The Path to Equality
Same-Sex Marriage Proposals
It Gets Better
Coming Out Stories
LGBT Creators

I watched a video in the “It Gets Better” category. It was encouraging young same-sex attracted people that if they are being bullied in high school not to worry because it gets better.
I thought this was a really positive message.
I kept watching the videos in different categories but some of the other videos I found really confronting – many of them involved partial nudity and sexual references.

I started to look at YouTube’s terms and conditions and watched a video titled:

Staying Safe on YouTube

At 1:28 it says sexual content is not allowed on YouTube with a general rule being - if you wouldn’t want your Grandma to see it then don’t post it.

However YouTube has highlighted many videos containing partial nudity and sexual content in some of these categories, which are now being highlighted by the rainbow heart at the top left hand corner of my YouTube channel!

YouTube is for those over 13 years of age and I think many parents would be concerned exposing their 14, 15, 16 year olds etc, to these kinds of videos. Despite this, YouTube is highlighting this content in a really ‘in your face’ way.

The YouTube statement: “That's why we're proud to stand with the LGBT community and support equal rights and marriage equality for all…” makes me uneasy.
I don’t believe in redefining marriage.
Marriage is the institution that unites a man and a woman as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children that their sexual union produces. And that’s why government is in the marriage business. Not because it cares about our romantic lives, but because it cares about the rights of children.

Marriage between a man and a woman is important because from the sexual union of husband and wife comes babies, and babies do best when they have a mum and a dad.

Here is my problem - because I have a YouTube channel, I am now promoting the redefinition of marriage through my YouTube channel, against my will, because this rainbow heart appears on my channel.

YouTube claims to be “a place where all communities can feel proud to express themselves and connect through video.”

What about the communities that want to promote marriage being between a man and a woman?

They are forced now to have the opposite view promoted on the top left hand corner of their video channel.

Redefining marriage is a controversial issue that is currently being debated. Spaces like YouTube should be a neutral platform where the debate can play out and be discussed.
The website itself shouldn’t push one opinion or political view over another.

It would be wonderful if YouTube could promote something that everybody could get behind such as putting an end to human trafficking or making poverty history rather than something that is divisive like redefining marriage.

Do you agree?
Send a message to YouTube and make your voice heard!

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Matthew Pejkovic
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Matthew Pejkovic wrote at 7:48am on June 28th 2013
This is what I posted on YouTube's Facebook page:

"As the owner of two YouTube channels I ask that you please remove the rainbow heart that symbolizes your support of gay marriage. Many of us who use your video service do not share the same views, and do not appreciate YouTube taking such a stand -and thus forcing us to do the same by faux proxy - on such a divisive issue. Alternatively, YouTube can show they are for equal opportunity by supporting the Christian religion next week, pro-lifers another week, and so on. Regardless, that YouTube have placed the rainbow heart on every YouTube channel and page is a clear breach of our rights to express ourselves through our videos. I'm sure a lot of the pro-LGBT commentators amongst us would not like the Christian cross adoring their video page. Same rule and principle applies here."
Karen Kummer
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Karen Kummer wrote at 9:07pm on June 30th 2013
It looks like they already removed it, right?
Mary B
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Mary B wrote at 1:36am on July 1st 2013
Great post Matthew! Did you get a response?

Yes it has been removed now Karen.
Laura Cain
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Laura Cain wrote at 1:43am on July 1st 2013
YouTube were only going to have it up on the weekend it wasn't ever going to be a permanent feature on the website, so its not like they took it down because of negative publicity but it is still very interesting that it went up at all.

I totally agree with the article imagine if YouTube pushed efforts that everyone could get behind like ending child slavery.
Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 5:46am on July 7th 2013
It bothers me that there are so many inconsistencies on sites like YouTube and sites with a similar goal. Whilst there are many good videos posted up on YouTube there are unfortunately many bad ones and the article above is correct when it says that You Tube doesn't even really enforce it's own rules for posting. If it says YouTube has censorship rules about nudity and general obscenity then why is there so much junk containing explicit and overt innuendo stuff on it's home page more often than not. in order for me to have peace in my heart, whenever I go to YouTube, I now log-in directly to my own area just to avoid having to go to the general home page because of the type and amount of immoral stuff I see on there. What disturbs me also is I don't know whether it's just me that is being "shown" this stuff or whether everyone who looks at the home page can see it. I have also noticed from time to time that there is no adherence on YouTube's part to language moderation which is very disappointing. Whilst they don't allow what they have termed in their error messages "ascii and art" in reference to grammatical emphasis marks, they allow swearing and other profanities! I mean how ridiculous can you get!!! I am not allowed to use multiple exclamations or other grammar marks to make added or stronger emphasis to what I am saying but I am free to make blithe use of profanity!!!! This is absolutely insane and should very well be changed for the better so we who don't like to see it, don't have to be forcibly imposed upon by ugly visuals or verbiage rubbishing the pages of the YouTube website. And of course the education of kids nowadays vitally depends or so it seems on the sue of the information highway then we all have a moral responsibility to raise the awareness in order to push for positive change in this area.
Siuyin Ho
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Siuyin Ho wrote at 5:52am on July 7th 2013
Apols for the typo but no editing option for our posts as yet. but I meant "the use of the information highway" not "the sue of".