Tim Cook Deeply Disappointed in Indiana's New Law, Says 'Apple is Open for Everyone'

Tim Cook Deeply Disappointed in Indiana's New Law, Says 'Apple is Open for Everyone'

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Twitter to voice his opinion on Indiana's controversial new law.

Governor Mike Pence signed The Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law yesterday which lets individuals or corporations cite religious beliefs as a defense when being sued by a private party.

"Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith," Pence said in a statement Thursday. "The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action."

"This was a measure that frankly, Indiana should have enacted many years ago," Pence said. "It gives our courts guidance about evaluating government action and puts the highest standard -- it essentially says, if a government is going to compel you to act in a way that violates your religious beliefs, there has to be a compelling state interest."

The law is seen by many as a way for businesses to legally discriminate against the LGBT community; whereas, supporters of the bill see it as protecting them from being forced to act in a way that violates their religious beliefs. It's received harsh criticism from Salesforce, the NCAA, and other organizations.

Apple CEO Tim Cook had this to say:

"Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana's new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228."

"Around the world, we strive to treat every customer the same — regardless of where they come from, how they worship or who they love."

Cook announced he was gay late last year and Apple was among 379 companies that filed a friend-of-the-court brief pressing the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

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Tim Cook Deeply Disappointed in Indiana's New Law, Says 'Apple is Open for Everyone'

Path Etic - April 9, 2015 at 12:38am
Good thing Apple is so strong in their conviction that they're stopping building that store in the Middle East! I've heard being LGBT is a real nightmare there, so good for Apple! They KILL people for being gay... it's far worse than not being able to buy a cake. Bravo Mr. Cook! Way to set an example! Wait. What? They aren't?!?!? I'm shocked. Extremely shocked. Seriously...
Justabrake - March 29, 2015 at 6:26pm
Good it's about time someone stops shop owners from being sued and put out of business ! First amendment rights !
Jean Sandoval - March 29, 2015 at 2:18pm
It's all about mutual respect. Its impossible to have mutual respect if Christians can't express and support their beliefs that come from the bible and same goes to the LGBT community who have the freedom to express themselves. I'm a committed follower of Jesus, and have many friends and people around me who may not be 'Christians' (yes, some are gay and lesbian) BUT there's love and respect for each other. I'm not trying to change them and they are not trying to change me, simply because we must live our lives by our actions- Apple, i love you, BUT just because it may not be according to your beliefs it doesnt mean they're wrong.. And Christians, God IS the judge, not you. As Christians, we must live a life full of love and respect, the same way Jesus did when he was here on earth. Thanx for reading, much love!
Richard Burns - March 28, 2015 at 7:49pm
Religion is under attack by Religion, I have no religion btw, it's what I see around me
Wtf - March 28, 2015 at 1:41pm
Religious freedom is already in our constitution. It's sad that the state of Indiana had to pass this to get people's attention. Wake up all of you media sheep! I'm tired of the liberal left pushing their beliefs on us when clearly election after election the American public wants marriage to be 1 man and 1 woman. I'm tired of the small minority of people that are changing the laws for the majority of people in this country. In your own words "stop pushing your beliefs on us." I should not be forced to do something that my religion forbids or that is in complete contradiction!
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