U. S. companies utilize social media to condemn laws seen as anti-gay

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:55 AM

S. companies took to social media on Wednesday to condemn new laws enacted by southern states that target the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

U. S. companies took to social media on Wednesday to condemn new laws enacted by southern states that target the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Companies love International Business Machines Corporation and Herbalife International Incorporated used Twitter to criticize a NC measure targeting transgender bathrooms and a MS 'religious freedom' law allowing people to deny wedding services to gay couples.

The tweets illustrate how diversity-minded corporations are using their influence as major employers in Republican-controlled states to possess influence against measures they consider LGBT discrimination. Social media provides a way to communicate their views to the masses.

Herbalife tweeted, "We're pleased to connect @equalitync, @HRC and a chorus of business voices opposed to #HB2," referring to the NC law that requires people to utilize bathrooms or locker rooms in schools and other public facilities that match the gender on their birth certificate, rather than their gender identity.

"Discrimination of any type shouldn't be tolerated."

Several technology executives also criticized a MS bill allowing people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples after Gov Phil Bryant signed it into law on Tuesday.

IBMPolicy (‏@IBMpolicy), the Twitter account for government affairs at IBM, tweeted, "Disappointing that MS Governor @PhilBryantMS signed H. B. one thousand five hundred twenty-three. IBM strongly opposes this discriminatory bill."

Brad Smith (‏@BradSmi), president and chief valid officer at Microsoft Corp, said, "Very disappointing to look the news from Mississippi. These laws are horrible for people, horrible for business, and horrible for work growth. #HB1523"

The tweets chase PayPal Holdings Inc'south move on Tuesday to cancel plans to open a global operations middle employing four hundred workers in Charlotte, N Carolina.

At minimum one other company said it'd also reconsider expanding in N Carolina. Ric Elias, chief executive of Ruddy Ventures, a sales and marketing company, posted a letter on Twitter that said he was reconsidering adding jobs in a state that tolerates discrimination.

Similar disputes have broken out between business interests and social conservatives in other Republican-controlled states since the Supreme Ct legalized same-sex marriage in 2015.

In Georgia, companies have won the outcome they were seeking. In late March, after top executives at companies ranging from Salesforce. com Incorporated to Unilever PLC protested a bill allowing faith-based organizations to deny services to LGBT people, the Gov there said he'd veto it.

Unilever Chief Executive Paul Polman tweeted on March twenty, "Inclusive society critical to business. Many will reconsider investment if @governerdeal passes #hb757."

(Reporting by Anjali Athavaley; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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