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U.S. Senate Approves Anti-Discrimination Bill Endorsed by Tim Cook

Tim CookThe United States Senate has approved the anti-discrimination bill that Apple CEO Tim Cook endorsed in an Op-Ed earlier this week.

In a 64-32 vote, the Senate voted to pass the Employment Nondiscrimation Act today, sending the legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives where its future is uncertain. The bill adds gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals to the U.S.'s existing nondiscrimination law.

Tim Cook tweeted about the passing of the bill, saying:
Thanks to all Senators who supported ENDA! I encourage the House to follow suit and end discrimination.
From The New York Times:
“The time has come for Congress to pass a federal law that ensures all citizens, regardless of where they live, can go to work not afraid of who they are,” Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, said on Thursday, noting that a vast majority of Americans already think such a law is in place. “Well, it isn’t already the law,” he added. “Let’s do what the American people think already exists.”

Republicans who voted against the bill, known as the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, were muted in their opposition. The first senator to rise and speak against the bill on the floor all week was Dan Coats of Indiana, who said Thursday morning that religious freedoms were at risk, despite the bill’s broad exemption for religious institutions.

Those exemptions, he said, did not go far enough.
In his op-ed, Tim Cook wrote that Apple has made it a point to create "a safe and welcoming workplace for all employees, regardless of their race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation", while also elaborating on employee rights to express identity in a working environment.

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23 weeks ago

Those 32 are holding the line against societal degradation. It's homosexuality today. It will be pedophilia tomorrow. Sexual liberation for 13 year olds and up. Transgender, sexual identification are already being pushed into our schools now. It has no place there, but there it is. Pick the bathroom you want to use in middle school. Encourage kids to "figure out" what their sexual identity is. This is a historical calling card of the collapse of society. History backs this up.


Wow, it only took one page for someone to falsely equate homosexuality to pedophilia.

It's like a modernized version of Godwin's law :rolleyes:
Rating: 40 Positives
23 weeks ago
Step two: bring back the rainbow Apple logo.
Rating: 35 Positives
23 weeks ago

It would be very interesting to listen to the arguments of the other 32 who voted against.


Those 32 are holding the line against societal degradation. It's homosexuality today. It will be pedophilia tomorrow. Sexual liberation for 13 year olds and up. Transgender, sexual identification are already being pushed into our schools now. It has no place there, but there it is. Pick the bathroom you want to use in middle school. Encourage kids to "figure out" what their sexual identity is. This is a historical calling card of the collapse of society. History backs this up.
Rating: 29 Positives
23 weeks ago

Because gay people don't choose their sexuality, and no one should be discriminated against because of something they have no control over.


You always have control and if you say you don't, what do you say about the people who are attracted to little kids? Are you willing to make an exception for them and say that is wrong or are you going to explain how they can't help who they are and we should accept them and stop being hateful?
Rating: 22 Positives
23 weeks ago

Sadly it isn't expected to pass in the house. Our two-party system is nothing but roadblocks.


You do realize that the founding fathers intentionally created roadblocks in our constitutional system of government, right? The other option is tyranny. Tyrannical leaders who share your opinions are still tyrants.
Rating: 22 Positives
23 weeks ago

Those 32 are holding the line against societal degradation. It's homosexuality today. It will be pedophilia tomorrow. Sexual liberation for 13 year olds and up. Transgender, sexual identification are already being pushed into our schools now. It has no place there, but there it is. Pick the bathroom you want to use in middle school. Encourage kids to "figure out" what their sexual identity is. This is a historical calling card of the collapse of society. History backs this up.


That's what they said about blacks and women not 100 years ago. Grow a pair and think for yourself rather then believing what a book over 2k years ago says.
Rating: 20 Positives
23 weeks ago

I want a bill that protects fat people. No doubt they're discriminated against. Why does everyone pander to gays? :rolleyes:

Hopefully this goes nowhere in the house.



Amazing how one can see a civil rights issue as pandering.
Rating: 20 Positives
23 weeks ago

You always have control and if you say you don't, what do you say about the people who are attracted to little kids? Are you willing to make an exception for them and say that is wrong or are you going to explain how they can't help who they are and we should accept them and stop being hateful?


Kids can't legally consent. They're not adults.

Gay people don't choose to be gay any more than you or I choose to be straight.
Rating: 20 Positives
23 weeks ago

I want a bill that protects fat people. No doubt they're discriminated against. Why does everyone pander to gays? :rolleyes:

Hopefully this goes nowhere in the house.


Because gay people don't choose their sexuality, and no one should be discriminated against because of something they have no control over.
Rating: 19 Positives
23 weeks ago
I see astonishing hate and homophobia among small but vocal group.

Small and shrinking: bigots die off faster than new ones are born... Time is on the side of justice.
Rating: 17 Positives

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