Apple joined Dow Chemical Company and the Levi Strauss & Co. in officially supporting the Equality Act, proposed legislation that would establish federal equality for the LGBT community in the U.S.
In a statement given to the Human Rights Campaign, Apple said, “At Apple we believe in equal treatment for everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. We fully support the expansion of legal protections as a matter of basic human dignity.”
Apple has been vocal and active in its support for ending discrimination in the U.S. under CEO Tim Cook, both before and after Mr. Cook came out to the world as gay in 2014. Apple has participated in San Francisco's Pride parade for the last two years, releasing videos highlighting that participation.
The Human Rights Campaign gave Apple, Dow Chemical, and Levi Strauss a perfect score in its Corporate Equality Index, a measure of LGBT inclusion in the work place.
“These remarkable companies have proven once again their tremendous leadership on behalf of LGBT Americans,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “Time and again, these leaders of Corporate America have asked 'what more can we do?,' and each time they've stepped up to the plate and delivered. As the fight for full, federal equality enters a new chapter, we are enormously thankful that we have these champions standing shoulder to shoulder with us.”