Google, Facebook and Apple CEOs urge Texas Governor Greg Abbott to veto anti-transgender bill
Business leaders representing Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and other companies have signed a letter urging Texas Governor Greg Abbott to veto discriminatory anti-transgender legislation.
According to The Verge, the proposed law would require transgender students to use restrooms that match the gender listed on their birth certificates. Abbot has said he wants to pass the bill before the Texas legislature adjourns at the end of May.
In a letter to Abbot dated May 27th, the executives said the “passage of any discriminatory legislation” in Texas would be “bad for our employees and bad for business.”
“As large employers in the state, we are gravely concerned that any such legislation would deeply tarnish Texas’ reputation as open and friendly to businesses and families.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 29, 2017
“Our ability to attract, recruit and retain top talent, encourage new business relocations, expansions and investment, and maintain our economic competitiveness would all be negatively affected.
“Discrimination is wrong and it has no place in Texas or anywhere in our country. Our perspective is grounded in our values and our long-held commitment to diversity and inclusion.”