KPMG, AT&T Stand Up to Anti-LGBT Bill in Tennessee [USA]
Author: Barbara Frankel, DiversityInc [USA], Published on: 23 May 2011
A Tennessee bill prohibiting local governments from passing anti-discriminatory measures, which the Human Rights Campaign says is "clearly based in anti-LGBT sentiment," is being publicly opposed by several large corporations, including KPMG and AT&T...[The] bill passed the state legislature and was endorsed by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, of which they and several other companies are members...The bill, which originated with conservative religious groups, was aimed at repealing Nashville's new ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. [Includes statements against the legislation by KPMG, AT&T, as well as Whirlpool, Pfizer.] Other companies issuing statements opposing the legislation included UnitedHealth Group, Alcoa and FedEx. Named as being on the Tennessee Chamber's board of directors but not yet having issued a statement opposing the legislation are Nissan, Comcast, DuPont, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar and Embraer.