Tim Cook speaks out against new law in Indiana

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If you’ve been following the news recently, you’ll be aware that the Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence,  just passed a controversial law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.


This legislation has brought forth massive opposition from both inside Indiana, the States and the world because many believe it will lead easily to discrimination, particularly towards the LGBT community.


Tim Cook, a beacon for equality in the corporate tech world, has been one of those directly opposed to the law, making it clear that he thought it was a massive step backward.








He also took to The Washington Post, writing a public op-ed letter condemning the legislation. From the Sauce:



“America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business, at Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers’ lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair. That’s why, on behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges. I’m writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement. From North Carolina to Nevada, these bills under consideration truly will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country where a 21st-century economy was once welcomed with open arms.”


Others have come out alongside Cook in condemning the legislation, including the NCAA, who have questioned the impact the legislation will have on future sporting events, Salesforce, who has vowed to halt expansion plans in the state, as well as both Mayors of Seattle and San Francisco who have barred all non-essential publicly funded City employee travel to the state.



Mike Pence has since come out in defense of the bill, claiming it won’t and shouldn’t have any effect on how people are able to discriminate in the state, however in the face of such anger, he has said that he now wants a bill on his desk this week that would “fix” the law, making it clear that “this law does not give businesses the right to deny services to anyone.”


The law is set to take effect July 1st.







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