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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The free market rewards those who make good choices and punishes those who will make a bad choice based on irrational prejudices. This is just how it works. There is no assumption, it is what it is.

The burden of proof is on you. The government is elected by the class of idiots you seem to think can't run their own lives. How can you assume the moves of the government are correct? How can you assume a law or regulation that on its face appears to be positive but certainly has unanticipated and potentially harmful effects?

The government amplifies mistakes. This is a a necessary consequence of centralized power. Its not just me saying this. It is the reason why nearly everyone agrees we need to have a limited government in one way or another. We obviously wouldn't support a government that tells us how to live our lives in every conceivable detail even if it were right most of the time.

You know how to use Google. Look up the statistics on gay employment. You're capable of checking things if you find it so hard to believe. These aren't secrets, they are widely published facts. Find a source you trust and read the details.

People criticize the free market as being incapable of doing all sorts of things. Nobody can point to an example of a free market failing as the government has its hands so deep into everything you can't tell what causes what. All we can go on is logic. I still don't understand how we can argue about gay employment being in such a crisis when there are clearly gay friendly companies to work for (such as Apple, the topic of the article here) and nobody can tell me why they would want to work for an anti-gay company!

Let the market work! Stay away from anti-gay employers! If you're gay, let those companies suffer the loss of your labor!

Its so rational I don't see the issue. I also want to point out I'm not the one here posting about "disapproving of homosexual behavior in the workplace" and other nonsense. I'm neutral on sexuality completely. I have many gay friends who 100% agree with me on these issues. There is no monopoly of opinion in the gay community. At gay pride in Minneapolis, the Libertarians and anarcho-capitalist leaning groups were quite popular.

Anyway. Someone explain to me why A) they want to work for an anti-gay employer and B) how it will be helpful for them to support anti-gay employers by giving them their labor when the anti-gay employer could suffer by losing that labor and C) whether all that is worth the possibility of a company not hiring an openly gay person not because they are anti-gay but are in fear of lawsuits under this law if the gay employee ever gets fired for an unrelated reason. aka the chilling effect.

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