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Apple, Dow Chemical and Levi Strauss speak out in support of Equality Act

Apple, Dow Chemical and Levi Strauss speak out in support of Equality Act

Cicilline and Merkley

Apple, Dow Chemical Company and Levi Strauss & Co have made public statements of support for the new LGBT discrimination protection bill being introduced to US Congress today.

The Human Rights Campaign has released statements from each of the three corporations – all of whom scored the top mark of 100 in the organization’s most recent Corporate Equality Index – backing the Equality Act.

Apple said: ‘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.’

Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay last year and has been a vocal supporter of Human Rights Campaign. He has spoken out against the danger of religious freedom bills being used to curtail civil rights and in support of same-sex marriage.

Dow Chemical Company said: ‘Dow applauds the introduction of the Equality Act and continues to support a comprehensive federal framework that ensures fairness and opportunity for everyone. Full inclusion of our LGBT colleagues and citizens is quite simply the right thing to do – for business and for society.’

Levi Strauss & Co said: ‘Levi Strauss & Co. is proud to support the Equality Act. We have a long history of supporting LGBT equality, and the time has come in this country for full, federal equality for the LGBT community. Ensuring fairness in our workplaces and communities is both the right thing to do and simply good business.’

All three organizations were among the 379 who signed a friend-of-court amicus brief to the US supreme court earlier this year urging it to rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

The corporations’ support was praised by HRC president Chad Griffin.

‘These remarkable companies have proven once again their tremendous leadership on behalf of LGBT Americans.

‘Time and again, these leaders of Corporate America have asked “what more can we do?,” and each time they’ve stepped up to the plate and delivered. As the fight for full, federal equality enters a new chapter, we are enormously thankful that we have these champions standing shoulder to shoulder with us.’

The Equality Act is being sponsored by Democratic politicians David Cicilline (Rhode Island Rep.) in the House of Representatives and Jeff Merkley (Oregon Sen.) in the Senate.

The Act would ban anti-gay discrimination in seven areas: credit, education, employment, federal funding, housing, jury service and public accommodations.