Apple CEO Tim Cook has brilliantly used iPhone 8 hype to promote same-sex marriage in Australia
Apple has announced its support for same-sex marriage in Australia ahead of today’s launch of the long-awaited iPhone 8 and iPhone X models.
Before Tim Cook – the first ever openly gay chief executive of a Fortune 500 company – announced the new Apple Store products, he signed off on a gloriously pro-LGBT statement.
In doing so, Cook used the hype that’s been building around the new phones for the greater good, to promote the ‘Yes’ side of Australia’s same-sex marriage vote, which begins today.
The statement reads: “We support marriage equality and believe all Australians deserve the freedom to marry the person they love, and to have their relationships recognised with the same dignity and legal protections as their neighbours, friends, and family.”
This has led to draft legislation which means Australians could be fined up to $12,600 if they are found to be “vilifying” or “intimidating” someone because of their sexual orientation or religious convictions.
The postal survey had received criticism from LGBT+ activists because it’s being held by the Australian Bureau of Statistics – which is not subject to normal campaigning laws.
In recent months, Cook, who was considered for Hillary Clinton’s running mate, has also utilised his platform to come out against Donald Trump’s hateful policies and rhetoric.
He has slammed Trump’s Muslim ban and the President’s proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military.
And Cook wrote a powerful letter rejecting the President’s response to a white nationalist rally in Virginia, which claimed the life of one woman.
Trump was widely condemned for equating the actions of neo Nazis and anti-fascist campaigners.
Cook has been a vocal supporter of LGBT rights since he came out in 2014, with the Human Rights Campaign honouring him for his work in 2015.
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