CNBC to consider LGBT rights when ranking best states for business

June 18, 2015 • 6:56 pm

June 18, 2015 | Owen Loftus | [email protected]

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, CNBC announced that it will include LGBT antidiscrimination provisions among 60 other metrics in their 2015 America’s Top States for Business study.

Scott Cohn of CNBC reported:

“Our 2015 CNBC America’s Top States for Business study takes the widespread corporate calls for equality into account. This year, we are considering LGBT antidiscrimination provisions among the more than 60 metrics we use to score the states. The metric is part of our Quality of Life category.”

Businesses across the nation have taken a leading role in fighting for nondiscrimination reform for LGBT Americans, and were front and center in the fight against so-called religious freedom bills in Indiana, Texas, Georgia, Arkansas and others states.

“We at Freedom for All Americans are thrilled that CNBC will include antidiscrimination provisions as a metric in their annual Top States for Business study,” Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Freedom for All Americans said.  “Businesses large and small, from across the nation have made it clear that they want to conduct business in states that will welcome all of their employees and customers, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.  This study will not only help executives select the best states in which to do business, but will hopefully encourage states to update current nondiscrimination laws to protect LGBT citizens.”

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign dedicated to ensuring every gay and transgender American is fully protected from discrimination under the law, no matter where they live. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses big and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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