Viacom Signs Historic Legal Petition Defending LGBT Rights

No one deserves to be fired for their sexual orientation.

This is the logic behind Viacom and 49 other companies’ decision to sign a formal legal petition asking the U.S. 2nd  Court of Appeals to extend a federal law prohibiting employers from firing workers for being gay. This is the first time businesses have explicitly taken this position, according to Freedom for All Americans, a bipartisan campaign group that Viacom consulted with on this issue.

“All Americans deserve the right to go to work and provide for their families without having to fear that they might lose their job simply because of who they are,” said Freedom for All Americans Acting CEO Katie Belanger in an email to Viacom.

“Unfortunately, most states do not have laws explicitly prohibiting employment discrimination against LGBT individuals. That is why this case is so important. We are grateful for the leadership of Viacom and the 49 other businesses who have called on the court to ensure the fair and equal treatment of gay and bisexual employees,” said Belanger.

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by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

Open in limited release since Christmas Day, Paramount and Ava Duvernay’s “moving masterpiece” Selma goes wide this week — and it’d be hard to find a current film as of-the-moment as it is historically significant. The film tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., and has already received a flurry of award nominations, including four Golden Globes and five Independent Spirit Awards. Read More