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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JAlexoid
Member since:
2009-05-19

I can prove that all the progressive improvements have been counterproductive but you don't care. You don't care about reality you just care about feel good platitudes.

What!?!?!?! Are you going to tell us that labour unions were counter-productive? Are you going to tell all black people that the anti-discrimination laws were actually bad for them? Or maybe discrimination against Catholics(Irish) was a good thing?!?!?!

If you allow segregation, then the status quo is upheld for another generation. No matter what you segregate upon.

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DrJohnnyFever Member since:
2012-03-07

The things you named were already long on the way out when the government came in with laws to make it look like it fixed it. Look at history in detail.

By the 1960's racial discrimination was fading quickly. It wasn't the government that started it. It was the government that attempted to finish it and get the credit. And the amounts of racial discrimination we have left over after the natural societal change, as well as the laws, is an indication that the laws have not been effective.

The bulk of the evolution of society was already done by the time we made these laws.

Some of the discrimination the government came in to stop, bear in mind, was discrimination it, itself, was doing.

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