Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Nov 2013 17:14 UTC
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Tim Cook, in a letter published in The Wall Street Journal:

Apple's antidiscrimination policy goes beyond the legal protections U.S. workers currently enjoy under federal law, most notably because we prohibit discrimination against Apple's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. A bill now before the U.S. Senate would update those employment laws, at long last, to protect workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

We urge senators to support the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and we challenge the House of Representatives to bring it to the floor for a vote.

It's hard to imagine for someone like me, from The Netherlands, but in the US, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have, in most states, far fewer rights than straight, non-transgender people. The LGBT community in the US still has a long fight ahead of itself, and large companies like Apple publicly urging Congress to address the archaic position of the LGBT community can only be seen as a good thing.

Most technology companies support the LGBT community's fight for equality, and considering the importance of this industry, that's a blessing.

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You've missed a key point
by roblearns on Mon 4th Nov 2013 17:53 UTC
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You've stated things slightly wrong, and it is an important disctinction.

Straight people have no rights as a result of being straight in the United States.

So stating that gay and lesbian have fewer rights - is technically wrong. The straight community is de-facto facing less discrimination, but without extra rights being codified into law.

What has happened over the years is that groups that face discrimination are given rights - and groups that are perceived as not facing discrimination are not given rights. This does create bad policy at times.

For example, men cannot get the same leave for the birth of a child at many companies, that women get.

This is because men were never added to the group's receiving special protection.

What needs to happen is gay and lesbians do need protection from discrimination - but everyone needs to have equal treatment under the law. That's the only way to prevent discrimination from forever being an issue.

Why I can tell you right now I work at a company that gives daycare to mothers and does not for fathers.

This type of behavior really needs to end. Each group should not have to fight it out, year after year, trying to end discrimination.

Edited 2013-11-04 18:00 UTC

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