Apple CEO Tim Cook was in the news last week when a Forbes interview in which he pledged to donate the bulk of his fortune to charity started getting passed around.
Sunday, in response to the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana last week, The Washington Post published a lengthy op-ed by Cook that decries the Act.
“There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country,” writes Cook, also referencing a proposed bill in Texas (and several pieces of similar legislation nationwide) that would punish government workers who issue same-sex marriage licenses with the loss of their salaries, pensions and other benefits.
“These bills rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear,” Cook says. “They go against the very principles our nation was founded on, and they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality.”
Cook also claims the bills stand to damage their states’ economies: “From North Carolina to Nevada, these bills under consideration truly will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country where a 21st-century economy was once welcomed with open arms.”
According to Wired, Cook joins Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff (who announced his company was canceling events scheduled in Indiana in protest of the law) and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman (who wrote in a blog post that “Yelp will make every effort to expand its corporate presence only in states that do not have these laws allowing for discrimination on the books”) as tech-business leaders publicly decrying Indiana’s new law.