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IBM objects to Louisiana's 'religious freedom' bill

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 6:59 AM

Major corporate opposition continues to states — like Arkansas — where legislators are pushing so-called "religious freedom" bills that are intended to preserve legal discrimination against gay people.

IBM has sent a letter to the governor of Louisiana warning that a pending religious freedom bill would create a hostile environment for the tech company's employees.

"A bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status will create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees, and is antithetical to our company's values," IBM vice president James Driesse wrote in a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Arkansas legislation, both in original and amended form, is cut from the same cloth, as well as the bill aimed at preventing city and county governments from extending legal protections that the state won't grant. It's all about discrimination against gay people. Anyone who says otherwise isn't being honest.

The irony is that, in full flower, this legislation will produce all sorts of unintended consequences — from the end of special discounts for old people at city golf courses to protection of religious rites that many "good Christians" won't find pleasing.

The New Orleans tourist bureau has also objected to the bill as a disincentive to visitors.

PS: All those people who say discrimination doesn't happen? Read about a Michigan garage that won't serve  "openly gay" customers. How one is "openly gay" isn't made clear.

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