Dozens of leaders from the Internet and tech industry have signed a joint statement emphasizing the value of diversity and pointing out that "discrimination is bad for business." The statement targets "religious freedom" laws passed or being considered in several states, including the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana. Critics of the Indiana law say it opens the way for businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
"We believe it is critically important to speak out about proposed bills and existing laws that would put the rights of minorities at risk," the statement reads. "No person should have to fear losing their job or be denied service or housing because of who they are or whom they love."
Signatories include executives from PayPal, Twitter, Zynga, Airbnb, Ebay, Jawbone, Lyft and many more. Tech giants Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple are absent, but have previously been vocally supportive of gay rights on other issues. Apple CEO Tim Cook, himself gay, wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post on Sunday criticizing the Indiana law.
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