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Tim Cook pushes for equality in Alabama with L.G.B.T. rights

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After being inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor, Apple CEO Tim Cook is pushing his home state to do more for equality and be inclusive where L.G.B.T. rights are concerned. Noting that Alabama was "too slow" to guarantee equality rights in the 1960s, the Apple CEO said that Alabama only removed a ban on interracial marriage in the state Constitution 14 years ago, and that it could be more progressive when it comes to the rights of people based on gender identity and sexual orientation today.

Cook said of Alabama's LGBT views:

And [Alabama is] still too slow on equality for the L.G.B.T. community. Under the law, citizens of Alabama can still be fired based on their sexual orientation. We can't change the past, but we can learn from it and create a different future.

Apple has been stepping up its efforts in terms of bringing more diversity to the workplace, being inclusive, and supporting the rights of minorities, including the L.G.B.T. community.

Source: NYT

55 Comments
  • Makes me proud to own apple products.
  • Same. Sent from the iMore App
  • I don't push anything on no body, & you didn't finish your comment Sent from the iMore App
  • Of course he does. We would expect any gay person to promote gay rights. Why is this news?
  • There's your winning comment. Well done. Sent from the iMore App
  • Just, wow.
  • All those special interest groups thrive on fear & threats. I wonder what mob tactic they used to twist Tim's short n curries. Sent from the iMore App
  • Sorry not everyone believes in fairy tales about floating invisible old men.
  • I don't think Steve would be waiting his time with stupid stuff like this.
  • Steve was a great man, he wouldn't and didn't waste his time on social engineering, he just engineered good products than benefitted everyone equally.
  • #fail
  • It's too bad Cook is only too happy to look the other way when selling Apple products on countries where homosexuality is punishable by death. Double standards Tim.
  • "We won't sell you apple products if you don't change your ways" *Said countries laugh and buy other phones* *Tim cri's evry teim* Point being that would change nothing and cut into Apple's margins. He's purposely not using his power as the head of the company to push this for a reason. Posted via the 5s I'm not ashamed of using in my home.
  • Equal rights, or special treatment? I want someone to design a heterosexual flag that I can proudly fly anywhere I want, and then cry discrimination if anyone complains about it. I'm all for equality, but not special treatment. If you're offended, tough. Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • +1
  • Lol... What special rights are homosexuals asking for. Equality is just equality, nothing more. Sent from the iMore App
  • Dude, think about it...if I fly a confederate flag and offend anybody, it will cause an uproar with some PC group who will complain until I'm forced to take it down... If a couple of homo's decide to fly their gay rainbow flag, and people complain, they are discriminating against the homos. It's a double standard. Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • The Rainbow flag represents inclusion and equality. The Confederate flag represents slavery, treachery, religious extremism, and racism. Comparing the two makes no sense. Also, heterosexuals are the majority. You can't be discriminated against if almost every living person is the same as you. Sent from the iMore App
  • The flag represents "inclusion and equality"...if you're GAY! Otherwise it's an in-your-face-because-it's-legal flag.
  • Riiiight. The two flags stand for exactly the same thing. Did gays seceded from this country and enslave millions of human beings? Um, no.
  • The Civil War was more about state rights vs federal rights than anything. Slavery was less of an issue than many think. Also, it wasn't just the south that had slaves, they were just less for getting rid of slavery because of the economic impact it would have had on an agricultural based economy. Now companies (including Apple) don't use slavery, they just hire a Chinese company that is a little above actual slavery. As for the lesbian and gay thing, or a more scientifically correct term - homosexuality, I don't really care either way. I don't care what, or who, you do in private. Trans-gender, well, that is one area where I do disagree. I agree that a person my feel like they identify more with one sex or another, and that is fine. But surgery doesn't change your sex in my mind, that is determined by chromosomes. If they ever come out with a way to change XX to XY or the reverse, then I will say that trans-gender has truly happened. Until that time, it is just window dressing. I will call Steven Stephanie, if that makes him feel better, but I would never consider dating them as I personally don't date men. Here is another thought that has plagued me. Why is it there aren't straight/gay multi-stall bathrooms? I mean, if you wouldn't let a man into the women's bathroom because of his sexual orientation, why would you let a lesbian use the women's bathroom? How is one different than the other? For that matter, what bathroom does a person who has had a supposed sex-change operation use, especially if they still like the same sex as they did before the operation? At what point can we just have one bathroom, (preferably without urinals)?
  • Yeah, asking to have the same rights as heterosexuals is especially asking for special treatment. Special treatment would be saying that you shouldn't have to pay taxes because you believe in a man in the sky.
  • I live in Alabama & want to go to college where Tim went (Auburn University) I have iPhone 5s and my 6 Plus is on its way. I know I'm about to get a bunch of fuss for this but I don't support LGBT. My spiritual belief is man and woman. I DO NOT HATE GAY PEOPLE. I don't judge you, God says to love all and don't judge. I just don't believe in your sexual preference. That's all. Heterosexual people are no better to me in my eyes. People are People. We should treat all with respect. What I DO despise is a believer in homosexuality saying I'm stubborn or hate ppl. And I ALSO hate heterosexuals against gays who say "you'll rot in hell". I'm not one of those ppl. I have to many of my own worries to worry about another's. My beliefs, (and we're ALL entitled to our own!) Sent from the iMore App
  • I just hate that you used ppl. So for that you're going to rot. Posted via the 5s I'm not ashamed of using in my home.
  • Sax_Derp, you also used ppl, so you're gonna .... D'oh.
  • I used ppl instead of people because I wanted my whole comment to show. And that's very childish saying something like that Sent from the iMore App
  • It was sarcasm, forgot the/s Posted via the 5s I'm not ashamed of using in my home.
  • Now days I see more hate directed towards Christian busines owners being persecuted for fallowing their faith. It's a backwards sad world.
  • Exactly. There shouldn't be hate toward what anyone believes in as long as I'm not hurting no body. Sent from the iMore App
  • I too believe people should have rights to vote or choose as they are freely able to do so, but am not for discrimination. However, this wreaks double standard to me that Tim can do this and be supported, yet when the Mozilla CEO made his free choice, they made it so difficult for him he had to step down. Complete double standard. Sent from the iMore App
  • Not really, though it is a fine line. As CEO of Mozilla, two of Brendan Eich's primary functions were to keep volunteers motivated, and to raise funds. When Eich made his monetary contribution to Prop 8 (his choice), some key board members and contributors said they would not be willing to contribute further (their choice), and some donors indicated they would no longer donate (their choice). Unless you are going to argue that Brendan Eich is the only one allowed to make a choice, all of these choices are valid, as they were all freely made. It is worth noting that Eich made this choice while CTO, and his views posed no problem in that role. However, when he ascended to the CEO role -- a role that involved personally pitching volunteers and donors, the consequence of that choice made him unable to keep crucial talent still working productively on the project. It's a subtle, but crucial, distinction. If Mozilla were not reliant on volunteers and donors who could walk away at any time, Eich would almost assuredly not have had to step down. Since Mozilla was (and is) so reliant, Eich could no longer be effective in the CEO role. Conversely, Tim Cook (or Donald Trump, or S. Truett Cathy, if you prefer) have much more leeway to say what they want on social issues as private citizens because their statements are orders of magnitude less likely to impact the smooth operation of the companies they run.
  • Because the BIBLE and the LAWS of the United States are NOT THE SAME THING!. How many times do we have to go over this. Jeezus!
  • Yeah, gay people don't care what you support our believe in. No one is asking you to support anything, since you can't vote on what rights anyone else has. Sent from the iMore App
  • It has nothing to do with whether or not you "believe" in someone's sexual preference. Why should you have any say in adult's monogoumous committed relationships?
  • I just don't support it Sent from the iMore App
  • You ARE entitled to your beliefs. You are NOT entitled to push your beliefs onto other people. BTW, when you say "My spiritual belief is man and woman." WTF does that even mean?
  • Apple needs to stay out of politics and focus on iPhones and iPad.
  • I finally found someone with common sense here. Thank you. Magenta is the new Yellow
  • Your welcome !! Sent from the iMore App
  • I agree, but that's not what this is. This was Tim Cook not Apple and Tim, just like everyone one else, has the right to speak freely about what ever cause he supports. Sent from the iMore App
  • Then why was it that the CEO of Mozilla couldn't do the same? Sent from the iMore App
  • Exactly... ::crickets:: Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • I'm not arguing with you. Even CEOs are aloud to have their own individual thoughts. I was just stating that this was not an Apple announcement but rather a man speaking freely. Relax! Sent from the iMore App
  • Right, because their product lines are really suffering right now /s
  • Cue the conservative republican commenters. I always think it's funny when people are surprised at Apple's political stances. Especially since, it's founder was very liberal and it's based in a country that went 69% democrat in the last election. And every other surrounding county went democrat and most by over 70%. Thus where they are drawing lots of employees from have a high probability of sharing those same beliefs.
  • Tim Cook has a right as a person to express his opinions and views. Companies should concentrate on the goods and services they produce, not changing or influencing politics, social behavior, or defining morality. Maybe Cook should worry about a way to get more iPhones produced to fill customer demand instead of worrying about Alabama's perceived inequality, is that not the job of a company leader?
  • Are you kidding? Who do you think lobbyist represent? Companies that want to change and influence politics.
  • So he's not allowed to have any time off from Apple? THIS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH APPLE! An academic group honored a man named Tim Cook and was asked to give a speech. He, as an individual, chose this subject. RELAX! Sent from the iMore App
  • I would say that it has nothing to do with Apple and was just Tim Cook's opinion if it also were not for his policy changes at Apple about seeking diversity. Oh well, doesn't really change my life either way, but it does provide some interesting comments.
  • Makes me ashamed of Apple. Tim Cook should stick to making iPhones. As soon as minority groups push aggressively for their "rights" then other groups have their rights restricted. There are many examples of that in the US right now. LGBT are one of the most agressive and intolerant movements the U.S. Has seen for decades.
  • Lol! ಠ益ಠ
  • Please produce even one of your supposed "many examples". crickets crickets crickets
  • *peeks at comments* Yep... just about what I'd figured. Sent from the iMore App
  • Dear Red-State, conservative, religious-fanantical bigots,
    Your worldview is slipping away. You do know that, right? The Supreme Court doesn't even want to review gay marriage appeals anymore because they've already made it clear where they stand. So, other than the Bible saying "A man should not lay with another man like he does with a woman", is there any other reason to be so vehemently against two people of the same gender getting married? Jeezus!
  • Personally, I have no problem who marries who, or who sleeps with who. I have a problem with people going out of their way to flaunt their sexuality in public whether homo or hetero. Back a few years ago, you kinda' had to wonder - gay or straight, but now all you have to do is look for a rainbow flag. Women emasculated men when they ended the wolf-whistling, and overt comments, yet the gay community does the same things still, in public, and it's okay?