Apple CEO Tim Cook Warns Arkansas Not To Pass Anti-Gay Bill Like Indiana

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple event on Monday, March 9, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchison (R) to veto an anti-gay “religious freedom” bill making its way through the state legislature in the aftermath of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signing a similar bill into law.

Cook’s tweet is the latest in a growing list of outraged responses by prominent figures and businesses to Pence signing the bill into law on Thursday. The legislation allows businesses to refuse serving gay people if those businesses have religious objections.

A number of major companies and public figures strongly criticized Pence signing the law. The CEO of Salesforce said Thursday his company was canceling its programs in Indiana over the law. The CEO of the ratings website Yelp said his company wouldn’t expand into states that had laws like Indiana’s.

Legislation similar to Indiana’s religious freedom law is making passed the Arkansas state Senate, the Arkansas Times reported on Friday. The bill now moves to the state House.

The gay rights group The Human Rights Campaign is attempting to fight the Arkansas bill by running an advertisement in the San Jose Mercury News warning that the law would hurt recruiting for technology companies, according to The Washington Post. Hutchison is trying to bring new technology companies to Arkansas.

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  1. Avatar for sjk sjk says:

    Once they feel the $$$ pinch, they’ll pretend to love everyone again

  2. Arkansas replies: “We don’t use Apples except in pies, thank you very much!!”

  3. I can’t get over the short sightedness of these narrow minded morons. The GOPers step up and do shit without ever thinking about how it will play in the real world. No research, no thought to the consequences. Sheeesh!!

  4. Is it really happening? Is the bond between business and the GOP finally starting to break? I realize Apple, Yelp, and Salesforce have more progressive CEOs, but I wonder if this is the issue on which business finally says, “Enough! The tax breaks and deregulation that only served to destroy the economy are no longer worth getting into bed with hatemongers.” There has to be a breaking point, an issue that puts businesses over the edge where they decide they’d rather a little regulation than to have to pull up stakes and move to a bright blue state in order to attract the best and brightest. At some point, red state freebies and tax breaks aren’t going to be worth it when the quality of life is too abysmal to attract the talent they want.

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