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Note to legislature: Honoring diversity is good for business

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EXXON PRIDE: A new tack on LGBT issues illustrated by photos from Houston pride event. - MICHAEL STRAVATO FOR NEW YORK TIMES
  • Michael Stravato for New York Times
  • EXXON PRIDE: A new tack on LGBT issues illustrated by photos from Houston pride event.
While the Arkansas legislature ratchets up the gay hate, the rest of the world is coming to the understanding that divisiveness and exclusion are bad for business.

Latest big example: Exxon Mobil. The oil giant was long the biggest holdout to putting non-discrimination policies in place. James Stewart writes in the New York Times about big turnabout at Exxon, as demonstrated by an Exxon group's company-approved participation in the Houston LGBT Pride celebration.

There's much to the story.

But the short take is this: Exxon wants to hire the best people for its far flung, enormous business. Putting out the UNWELCOME mat to a segment of society based on their sexual orientation is NOT good for business.

Someday, in a painful way, Arkansas and its Republican governor and legislature will come to understand this.

For now, I don't look for the Arkansas Republican Legislative Caucus to have a float in the Central Arkansas Pride Parade this fall. The Arkansas Times will be there again.


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