“A gay and lesbian advocacy group that gave Microsoft Corp. a civil rights award four years ago has asked the software giant to give it back, blasting the company for withdrawing its support of a bill that would have outlawed discrimination against gays and lesbians in Washington,” Elizabeth M. Gillespie writes for The Associated Press.
“‘Because of Microsoft’s apparent capitulation to the demands of anti-gay extremists and withdrawal of support for a bill that would do nothing more than protect gay and lesbian people from discrimination, we believe it’s no longer worthy of our highest corporate honor,’ Darrel Cummings, chief of staff for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, said in a statement released Friday,” Gillespie writes.
“Because Microsoft had supported versions of the bill in years past, gay rights activists suggested the company had caved to the religious right,” Gillespie writes. “Liberal blogs have lit up with scathing comments and rallying cries to buy machines from Microsoft rival Apple Computer Inc., to quit using Microsoft Internet Explorer to browse the Web, and to close Microsoft Hotmail e-mail accounts.”
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