Joe and I just launched the following open letter to the following companies – please sign it and help this worthy cause:
TO: Nissan, FedEx, AT&T;, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG. Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare:
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, of which you are board members, actively lobbied for a bill just passed in the state’s legislature repealing current, and banning future, municipal civil rights laws in the state.
As the Human Rights Campaign just noted, this bill, written by the religious right, was a thinly veiled effort to repeal civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents of the state: “Legislators took action based on their desire to limit the rights of a particular group – the LGBT community.”
Your companies’ embrace of this blatant discrimination is un-American and bad for business.
We demand that you issue an immediate statement withdrawing your support for HB 600/SB 632, and that you tell Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to veto this bill.
This isn’t just about Tennessee. It’s the opening salvo of a religious right attack on gays rights ordinances nationwide. They know that federal doesn’t protect us against discrimination – all we have is state and local ordinances, and this is an effort to wipe out pro-gay ordinances nationwide. And big business has joined the party because it’s apparently too hard for Nissan, FedEx, AT&T;, Comcast, DuPont, Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, KPMG. Whirlpool, Embraer, Alcoa, and United HealthCare to not discriminate against their own gay and trans employees.
We’ll be launching a larger campaign against the individual companies shortly. Much more on this over at AMERICAblog Gay.