Friday, May 06, 2005
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Gays Bully Microsoft

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Ballmer Says Microsoft to Back Gay Rights By ELIZABETH M. GILLESPIE
After being criticized for quietly dropping support for a state gay rights bill, Microsoft Corp. chief executive Steve Ballmer told employees Friday that management would publicly back such legislation in the future. Ballmer's commitment came two weeks after activists accused the company of caving to pressure from an evangelical pastor who had threatened to launch a nationwide boycott of the software company. "After looking at the question from all sides, I've concluded that diversity in the workplace is such an important issue for our business that it should be included in our legislative agenda," Ballmer wrote in an e-mail. Ballmer said the company would continue to focus its lobbying efforts on issues that most directly affect Microsoft, such as Internet safety, intellectual property rights, free trade and a healthy business climate. "I'm proud of Microsoft's commitment to non-discrimination in our internal policies and benefits, but our policies can't cover the range of housing, education, financial and similar services that our people and their partners and families need. "Therefore, it's appropriate for the company to support legislation that will promote and protect diversity in the workplace."
It's good to know homophobia and discrimination can be defeated by treating gays as a political category, rather than, say, human beings. Great job corporate America!