May 07, 2005

Microsoft Makes U-Turn on Discrimination Law

As noted on AMERICABlog, Microsoft has had a change of heart about supporting a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation. The money quote from the AP article:

... ''After looking at the question from all sides, I've concluded that diversity in the workplace is such an important issue for our business that it should be included in our legislative agenda,'' [Microsoft Corp. chief executive Steve] Ballmer wrote in an e-mail. ...

Along the left side of the post linked above are the rest of John Aravosis' posts on the topic since the story first broke in Seattle's free weekly, The Stranger. Microsoft had previously been, as Aravosis noted, one of the better companies regarding gay rights before getting heat from this Seattle minister and his congregation. It's pretty irritating that they folded at what was a critical time for the legislation, which failed, but hopefully they will help its passage next time it comes before the legislature.

Better late than never.

Also, as Atrios pointed out, Aravosis stirred up a lot of trouble for Microsoft on his own initiative, and probably was significantly responsible for this backflip. good for him. And when their administrators finish fixing whatever server error they're dealing with, you'll probably be able to find The Advocate's take on the whole mess here.

Posted by natasha at May 7, 2005 10:42 PM | WA News & Trivia | Technorati links |