[T]he $37-billion Redmond-based software behemoth quietly withdrew its support for House bill 1515, the anti-gay-discrimination bill currently under consideration by the Washington State legislature, after being pressured by the Evangelical Christian pastor of a suburban megachurch.
Megachurch? Megachurch?Microsoft is the biggest church around!
House Bill 1515 would protect gays and lesbians from discrimination in employment, housing, banking, insurance, and other matters by adding sexual orientation to a state law which already bars discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, and mental or physical handicap.
Why is Microsoft worried about some harmless group of so-called ‘Christians’? How can a tiny church threaten one of the most powerful companies in the world?
Dear Microsoft: You messed with the wrong faggots. You’re planning a 2.2 million square foot expansion of the Microsoft campus in Redmond over the next ten to twenty years. The expansion, we hear, would allow you to hire 10,000 to 20,000 new employees. We also hear that you’re going to need a lot of help – a LOT of help – from the state legislature and the Redmond city council to actually make that expansion work, for highway and road improvements and the like, and that not everybody is real happy about it.