FILE- In this Monday, July 16, 2012, photo, a man walks past a billboard for Coca-Cola outside a convenience store in Atlanta. Coca-Cola on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 said it's cutting between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs globally as part of an ongoing push to trim costs. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
Photo: David Goldman
Photo: David Goldman

Coca-Cola joins coalition fighting for LGBT equality

Coca-Cola is a member of the newly formed Business Coalition for the Equality Act, a group of 60 prominent employers that are officially backing the Human Rights Campaign’s efforts to add federal protections for the LGBT community.

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Coke joins other notable giants such as Apple, Nike, Target, Google, Amazon, Best Buy and Coke’s beverage industry rival, Pepsi, in the coalition. HRC said coalition members represent 4.2 million employees, have combined revenue of $1.9 trillion and have operations in all 50 states.

HRC gave Coke a perfect score last year in the group’s annual rating of company support for LGBT workers.

The Equality Act, which was introduced last July after the Supreme Court ruling that made gay marriage legal nationally, seeks to add federal protections for the LGBT community in employment, access to public spaces, housing, credit, education, jury service and federally funded programs, the HRC said.

Thirty-two states do not include gays and lesbians in nondiscrimination protections.

“These business leaders are showing true leadership and fighting to end a shameful status quo that leaves LGBT people at risk in a majority of states for being denied services or fired because of who they are or who they love,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a release.

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