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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Gullible Jones
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That sounds great, but doesn't mean a whole lot to people who lose their jobs due to others' irrational decisions. Especially if the economy sucks (because unregulated banks have been playing games with it) and they can't find a new one that pays a living wage (because minimum wage is too low to pay the bills and feed the family).

Look, I would love to believe that everything would just take care of itself if left alone. That's a wonderfully enticing idea. The problem is that reality is a lot messier than that. The universe is a kludge. Simple, intuitive solutions are not always correct. (c.f. every major discovery in physics since 1900.)

Free markets work wonderfully for some things, but not everything. One size does not fit all. Is that difficult to understand?

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