Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Nov 2013 17:14 UTC

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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RE: You've missed a key point
by abraxas on Mon 4th Nov 2013 19:43 UTC in reply to "You've missed a key point"
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Straight people have no rights as a result of being straight in the United States.

Neither do gay people by this law or ANY law.

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.

ENDA and other non discrimination acts like it DO NOT grant ANYONE more rights than another person. This is simply wrong. It is just a guarantee that a minority group cannot be discriminated against by a majority group. Straight people are a majority, so are white people. They (we/I) do not need to be protected against the majority They (we/I) ARE THE MAJORITY. A big part of US law for the past 250 years is about protecting minority groups.

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.

This is a different issue and in fact the ERA amendment that is similar in nature to this act was defeated in the 70's would have probably made this practice illegal but people using your same logic defeated it.

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