USA: Microsoft CEO issues internal memo on gay rights
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Author: Elizabeth M. Gillespie, Associated Press [USA]
...gay-rights activists have accused Microsoft of caving to the religious right and abandoning its long-standing support for the rights of gays and other minorities. "As long as I am CEO, Microsoft is going to be a company that is hard-core about diversity, a company that is absolutely rigorous about having a non-discriminatory environment, and a company that treats every employee fairly," he [Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer] wrote.
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Author: Sarah Kershaw, New York Times
The Microsoft Corporation, at the forefront of corporate gay rights for decades, is coming under fire from gay rights groups, politicians and its own employees for withdrawing its support for a state bill that would have barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. [also refers to Nike, Boeing, Coors (Adolph Coors, part of Molson Coors), HP]