Yesterday, a legislation was introduced by the members of congress that would outlaw discrimination against LGBT people under federal law, under the name of the Equality Act of 2015. Turns out Apple, the world’s most valuable company, is throwing its support behind the bill. According to Wired, the legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination the basis of race, color, religion, and national origin.
The bill has 155 co-sponsors in Congress. It’s also backed by one of the most powerful businesses in the world: Apple. In a statement to Human Rights Campaign, Apple wrote, “At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. We fully support the expansion of legal protections as a matter of basic human dignity.”
The Equality Act of 2015 would ensure that people cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity when it comes to employment, housing, and other rights.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO on the Fortune 500 list, has been outspoken on issues of discrimination throughout his tenure at the Cupertino company. He has also backed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit employers from discriminating against LGBT people.