More than 400 companies – including Tesla, Pfizer, Delta Air Lines and Amazon – support a bill that protects the civil rights of LGBTQ and is under discussion in the United States Congress.
The Human Rights Campaign, an organization that promotes LGBTQ rights, said that its Business Coalition for the Equality Law already has 416 members, among which are some of the largest companies in the country such as Apple, PepsiCo, General Motors, CVS , Facebook, Marriott, Capital One, Starbucks and Home Depot.
“It is time to extend the protection of civil rights to LGBT + individuals across the country, on a clear, consistent and comprehensive basis,” said Carla Grant Pickens, IBM’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, in a statement distributed by the Campaign for Rights. Human rights.
The Equality Law would amend existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected characteristics. Those protections would extend to employment, housing, loans, education, and other areas.
The lower house passed the bill in February with the votes of all Democrats and only three Republicans. His fate in the Senate is much more uncertain.
Among the opponents of the law is the Conference of Catholic Bishops, because it says it would force church facilities to admit events contrary to their beliefs.
Business backing for the project has more than doubled since the chamber passed it in 2019, The Human Rights Campaign said.
“We see that the support of business leaders grows because they understand that the Equality Law is good for their employees, it is good for their businesses and it is good for our country,” said the president of the campaign, Alphonso David, in a statement.