posted at 21:50
Author Name: Reuters
Alabama Anti-Discrimination Bill To Be Named After Apple CEO Tim Cook
An anti-discrimination bill championed by Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker will bear the name of Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook, a native of the state who came out as gay in October. Democratic state Representative Patricia Todd said on Wednesday the technology giant was initially hesitant about having Cook's name on her bill but later embraced the idea. Cook came out days after accepting an Alabama Academy of Honor award with a speech critical of the socially conservative state's lack of progress on rights for gay people. In the days after Cook came out, Todd told reporters she would put his name on a bill she has introduced in past years to bar discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teachers and state employees. Cook said she was speaking in jest about using Cook's name, but her comments were published and came to the attention of Apple. Todd said she received a call early last month from a company official who expressed concern over Cook's name being attached to such a politically sensitive measure. Todd said she told the official she would not name the bill after Cook. Todd said she hoped Cook could come to the Legislature and speak on the bill's behalf, particularly its value in attracting business and talent to the state.

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