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.