In a ruling that could have implications for the LGBT community, the Supreme Court has declared that corporations may deny certain benefits because of religious objections.
In a 5-4 decision, the Justices ruled that Hobby Lobby, a major crafts chain with moer than 600 stores, can deny coverage of contraceptives on employee’s health care plans.
In a dissenting opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the decision “potentially sweeping” because it minimizes the government’s interest in uniform compliance of workplace laws. “And it discounts the disadvantages religion-based opt-outs impose on others, in particular, employees who do not share their employer’s religious beliefs,” Ginsburg said.
While the Court insisted the ruling was specifically directed at health-care coverage, allowing “religious objections” to dictate workplace policy could lead to companies demanding such exeptions when it comes to LGBT-discrimination policies.
Over the weekend, Latin network Univision addressed the anti-gay chants some Mexican fans have been shouting during World Cup matches.
After GLAAD launched its #StopTheSlurs campaign, the network issues a statetment declaring:
We recognize that during the game there may be language, or chants, from some fans that are offensive to some members of our television audience. Although we realize this can happen in any televised sporting event, we do not, in any case, condone or endorse the use of such language.
Univision Communications supports a World Cup that is inclusive, one that celebrates the diversity of the sport we love and can be enjoyed by all – absent what can be the hurtful consequences of certain words. In this regard, we strive to make sure that our own coverage and commentary is respectful and inclusive of all, including the gay community.
World Cup games televised on both Univision and ESPN have included audio of fans chanting “puto”–which means “faggot” in many Spanish-speaking nations. Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) lodged a formal complaintabout chanting of the word during a game between Mexico and Brazil, but FIFA declared “puto” not offensive in that context.
“FIFA’s decision to ignore this issue flies in the face of the spirit of the World Cup, one of unity and respect. FIFA should take this opportunity to educate and join the movement for equality in sports,” said GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis.
He might not discuss his sexual orientation in public, but Apple CEO Tim Cook was more than happy to attend San Francisco Pride on Sunday, where he was joined by Apple Environment Director Lisa Jackson and what thousands of other Apple employees–some of whom handed out $1 iTunes”Pride” cards to bystanders.
“Apple believes equality and diversity make us stronger, and we’re proud to support our employees and their friends and families in this weekend’s celebration,” said Apple spokeswoman Michaela Wilkinson.
Hyatt Hotels is the latest corporation to support the LGBT community during Pride month.
The hotel chain posted a message on its website:
Throughout the year, Hyatt is committed to the LGBT community and its allies. In fact, we were honored for the tenth consecutive year as one of the few “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” – a result of our 100 percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign.
We were also the first major hotel company to offer domestic partner benefits and has included sexual orientation in our Equal Employment Opportunity policy since 2000, and gender identity since 2002.
Hyatt has been participating in Pride parades around the country, and is promoting an official hashtag, #InAHyattWorld, for guests and employees to share its message of inclusion.