Apple CEO Tim Cook Wades Into Indy Law Fray With Tweets

Apple CEO Tim Cook, shown here at the recent Watch launch, is tweeting his dissatisfaction with laws that he feels discriminates against gays and lesbians. (USA TODAY)
Apple CEO Tim Cook, shown here at the recent Watch launch, is tweeting his dissatisfaction with laws that he feels discriminates against gays and lesbians. (USA TODAY)

Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook, who publicly declared his homosexuality last year, has added his Twitter fuel to the growing bonfire over a new Indiana law that protects state business owners from being sued if they use religious beliefs as the reason for declining services to gays and lesbians. Specifically, Cook called upon the governor of Arkansas to dismiss a similar measure that is pending there.

Cook’s tweets expressed dismay at Indiana’s law, which was enacted Thursday by Governor Mike Pence, and urged Arkansas’s top politico Asa Hutchinson to prevent a similar law from being passed in his state. Cook stopped short of calling for his $740-billion company to stop doing business in either state.

Salesforce founder Marc Benioff Thursday joined a group of tech leaders in not only denouncing the Indiana law – which supporters say is meant to ensure religious freedom – but suggesting that it would lead to an inability to recruit top talent which in turn could cut into the amount of business the companies could conduct in the state.

“Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana’s new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228,” Cook tweeted Friday, adding, “Around the world, we strive to treat every customer the same — regardless of where they come from, how they worship or who they love.”

Although Pence responded to the furor by urging his fellow Hoosiers to “read the bill, not the papers,” the state’s measure seems to fly counter to a national trend that finds many states sanctioning gay marriage and tech companies being increasingly aware of their need to diversify employee rosters.

Apple’s stock ended the week slightly down at $123.25.

SOURCE: USA Today – 

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