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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If people can't make decisions for themselves that are on average the right thing to do, how can you possible expect them to pick a government that is doing the right thing ever?

Yes, if people and markets are so bad that nothing works, you can't possibly have democracy either. There is no rule that says any politician can make the right choices. In fact, government just makes making the wrong choices more dangerous, it amplifies the ramifications.

If Walmart or Google makes a bad choice, that's bad. If the Government makes a bad choice it can be truly horrifying. People can die, millions can be unemployed, the economy could fall apart...

If I am wrong, you are wrong. If we're both wrong, fuck life.

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