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PayPal, Apple, Coca-Cola Reject N.C. ‘Bathroom’ Law But Do Business Where Gay Sex and Cross-Dressing Are Illegal

From CNS News
By Michael W. Chapman | April 13, 2016

(CNSNews.com) – Although many large businesses, including PayPal, Apple, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola, have criticized North Carolina’s new locker room and bathroom law as “discriminatory” to LGBT people, those same four corporations do business in Middle Eastern countries where homosexual conduct and cross-dressing are illegal.

In Saudi Arabia, for instance, homosexual conduct is “punishable by death or flogging,” according to the U.S. State Department.  In Kuwait, practicing homosexuals can face prison terms up to 10 years; cross-dressers can go to prison for up to three years.

PayPal, Apple, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola do business in both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
 

Despite the anti-gay laws in those two countries, neither PayPal, Apple, Microsoft, nor Coca-Cola would tell CNSNews.com if they opposed those laws; whether they would publicly ask that those laws be repealed; whether it is hypocritical for them to oppose the North Carolina law while doing business in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait; and why, since they are committed to LGBT rights, they conduct business in countries where homosexual acts and cross-dressing are illegal.

On March 23, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, popularly known as the bathroom bill. The law basically says that all public bathrooms and locker rooms are single-sex facilities; men must use men’s rooms and women must use women’s rooms; sexual identity is based on biology, what is stated on one’s birth certificate.

Private businesses and establishments can set their own bathroom and locker room rules. And if a transgender male or female has surgery to change their sexual anatomy and this is changed on their birth certificate, then they can use the bathroom that matches their “new” sex.

The law also states that public facilities may designate single-occupancy bathrooms as single sex or uni-sex.

That law is opposed by homosexual activist groups,  such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality North Carolina (ENC), and their allies.

A letter from the HRC and ENC was sent to Gov. McCrory explaining why HB2 apparently is discriminatory against LGBT people. Representatives of more than 140 companies signed onto the letter. These included PayPal, Apple, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola, as well as Google, Levi-Strauss & Co., Barnes and Noble, Kellogg Company, Twitter, GE, YouTube, LinkedIn, Reddit, Uber, Whole Foods, Marriott, Starbucks and Facebook.

The letter states that HB2 “overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination across North Carolina,” and does not reflect “the values of our companies ….”

It further states, “The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business…. As companies that pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming to all, we strongly urge you and the leadership of North Carolina’s legislature to repeal this law in the upcoming legislative session.”

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman also said in a separate statement that because of HB2, PayPal would not build a new operations center in Charlotte, which would have employed 400 people. “The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture,” said Schulman.
 
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One response to “PayPal, Apple, Coca-Cola Reject N.C. ‘Bathroom’ Law But Do Business Where Gay Sex and Cross-Dressing Are Illegal

  1. mathesisuniversalis 2016-04-15 at 2:15 pm

    Reblogged this on L'horreur islamique à l'âge des ténèbres ن.

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