On Wednesday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, which prevents cities from protecting gays and bisexuals from discrimination, and specifically restricts transgender individualsâ€™ rights to use restrooms and other facilities that donâ€™t match their â€œbiological sex.â€ In a flood of statements and tweets, Google, Apple, Facebook, and other tech heavyweights have roundly criticized the law as out of line with their own core values.
A tweet from Google
described the law as â€œmisguided & wrong,â€ while a Facebook
spokesman said the company was â€œdisappointed.â€ PayPal
tweeted that it is â€œproud to champion LGBTQ equality in N. Carolina and around the world.â€
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Appleâ€™s statement to Observer reporter Katie Peralta reads: â€œApple Stores and our company are open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love . . . Our future as Americans should be focused on inclusion and prosperity, and not discrimination and division. We were disappointed to see Governor McCrory sign this legislation.â€
Among non-tech companies, American Airlines
said that laws like North Carolinaâ€™s â€œgo against our fundamental belief of equality,â€ and ESPN said that it will â€œevaluate all of our optionsâ€ when considering North Carolina as a site for future events.
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Of course, as the Observer points out, corporate support for LGBT rights is often less rooted in progressive ideology than in business concerns. Any appearance of support for discriminatory policies could threaten their ability to reach some customers, and even to recruit top talent.