I’m so glad that this is being pushed forward. Maybe one day after I’m long gone, this won’t be an issue, but with the way human nature is, I doubt it.
Four prominent corporations are announcing their endorsement of an ambitious equal rights bill in Congress on Thursday, adding significant volume to a chorus of businesses calling for a nationwide ban on LGBT discrimination in workplaces, housing, and more.
IBM, Oracle, Orbitz, and Symantec are the latest to join nearly a dozen other companies backing the Equality Act in recent weeks — including Fortune 500 giants Apple, Google, and Dow Chemical — but whether statements of support for LGBT rights will spur action from a Republican-led Congress remains to be seen.
For IBM, endorsing the bill was seen as an extension of the company’s internal culture.
“We established a corporate policy on equal opportunity more than a decade before the Civil Rights Act,” the company said a statement provided to BuzzFeed News by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a national LGBT advocacy group that has been rolling out backers for the bill since it was introduced in July.
IBM touted an “industry-leading” policy of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation over 30 years ago, and expanded it in 2002 to cover gender identity and expression.