GE’s Immelt Says He’s ‘Concerned’ About Pence’s Anti-Gay Law

Jeffrey Immelt Chairman and CEO General Electric during the first "Economy Summit" organised by French magazines Challenges and "Osons La France" at the Grand Palais. Paris, FRANCE-05/12/2014./MEIGNEUX_meigneuxC025/C... Jeffrey Immelt Chairman and CEO General Electric during the first "Economy Summit" organised by French magazines Challenges and "Osons La France" at the Grand Palais. Paris, FRANCE-05/12/2014./MEIGNEUX_meigneuxC025/Credit:ROMUALD MEIGNEUX/SIPA/1412052215 (Sipa via AP Images) MORE LESS
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Jeffrey Immelt, the head of the multinational conglomerate General Electric, expressed strong reservations about the impact of a controversial religious freedom law Pence signed last week and has since been forced to defend.

In a letter to Pence dated Wednesday, Immelt said he was “very concerned about the potential impact the Religious Freedom Restoration Act could have on our company and our employees.”

The letter came a day after Pence said he would look into seeking a clarification of the law that stressed it did not allow discrimination, anyway.

The law bars state and local governments in Indiana from forcing businesses to serve gay customers based on religious objections. Critics, which have included businesses with major stakes in Indiana, as well as prominent national figures like Hillary Clinton and George Takei, have argued that the law essentially legalizes discrimination against gay people.

“We have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind,” Immelt wrote. “The impact of laws in other states could have a very negative impact on our employees and their communities.”

“I urge you, the Indiana legislature, and other state leaders across the country, to make it clear immediately that the state does not permit discrimination of any kind, including discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” Immelt wrote.

While other heads of major companies, like Marc Benioff of Salesforce and Tim Cook of Apple, have criticized the law, Immelt’s letter is especially significant since in 2014 GE Aviation announced a $92 million investment in Indiana last week. In 2015 GE announced making an additional $15 million investment.

Read the full letter:

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  1. I’m sure this will make Pence get right on it, then.

  2. Puts Republican officeholders in a quandary. Which of their Gods do they obey? Money or SkyDaddy?

  3. It’s time for the Republicans to understand that they can serve either the Social Conservatives or the Corporate Conservatives, but not both any more.

  4. When a corporate officer resigns from their job to run for office, the Republicans tell us that “they know what they are talking about. They are CREATORS!”

    Wonder why Republicans are silent when the corporate types denounce right wing social agendas?

  5. Money. Sky daddy talk is just a means to that end for most GOP pols.

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