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  • Apple Officially Backs the Equality Act, Looking to Block LGBT Discrimination

    Apple recently officially backed the Equality Act, an expansion of 1964ís Civil Rights via a press statement. If voted in, it would help add gender identity and sexual orientation to non-discrimination protections for Americans. The statement originally appeared on the website of Human Rights Campaign, an activist organization devoted to LGBT issues. The proposed legislation was originally introduced by Congress earlier this week and has the support of several other major corporations as well including Dow and Levi Strauss.

    Apple wrote the following regarding the matter:

    At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. We fully support the expansion of legal protections as a matter of basic human dignity.
    Most US states currently lack non-discrimination laws for the LGBT community. Often, these laws can be controversial since they sometimes conflict with conservative religious views. That being said, supporters consider them essential to safeguarding access to jobs, housing and other civil rights.

    For those of you who didnít know, Apple has been a long-time advocate of LGBT causes, having been one of the first American companies to offer equal benefits to same-sex couples. It vocally and financially opposed a 2008 ballot measure that temporarily banned gay marriage in California and current CEO Tim Cook, who is gay himself, has repeatedly spoken out on LGBT issues. Furthermore, the company also plays a large role in San Franciscoís annual Pride Parade. Previously in June, thousands of Apple workers and supporters marched for the paradeís 45th anniversary, wearing official t-shirts and carrying a corporate banner as well.

    Source: Human Rights Campaign
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Officially Backs the Equality Act, Looking to Block LGBT Discrimination started by Akshay Masand View original post