Apple CEO Tim Cook on Twitter today shared Apple’s opposition to a controversial new law in Indiana while calling on the governor of Arkansas to veto legislation before it becomes law. Both laws relate to religious freedom protection but have been criticized as enabling LGBT discrimination.
Apple joined a crowd of companies publicly opposing similar legislation passed by the state congress in Arizona last year before its governor decided to veto the bill rather than signing it into law.
Apple has championed diversity and equality through participation in initiatives like the annual Pride parade in San Francisco while promoting the message of inclusion at the company.
Tim Cook, who became the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company last year after penning an essay on the subject, has frequently called on the United States Congress to pass LGBT protection legislation that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees from being fired because of sexual orientation. Cook last year made a sizable personal donation to an LGBT initiative that operate in Arkansas.