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When they're not plotting to destroy the ecosystem, I think almost all ExxonMobil Corporation shareholders must sit around gravely concerned about the "homosexual agenda."  How else to explain this vote today?

As expected, ExxonMobil shareholders again voted down nondiscrimination protections for LGBT employees this morning at their annual meeting in downtown Dallas.

Shareholders voted to reject a resolution, 81 percent to 19 percent, from the New York state comptroller calling for the company's Board of Directors to add sexual orientation and gender identity/expression to the oil giant's EEO policy. The 19 percent support for the resolution reportedly was the lowest ever.

What are these people thinking? The business case was made, and rejected...

... the company should recruit from and retain the widest possible talent pool. Failure to do that leads to less efficient business operations.

Most Fortune 500 companies do have inclusive nondiscrimination policies including most other major oil companies, he said.

I guess no one even thought to present the ethical case, not that it would have mattered. (An ethics module in the prefrontal cortex is prohibited as a qualification for owning ExxonMobil stock.) You do have to give them credit for consistency, though.
It marks the 14th consecutive year in which ExxonMobil shareholders have voted down an LGBT nondiscrimination resolution.

ExxonMobil.
We're equally indifferent to human life, liberty and happiness.
Property? That's a whole different oil field!

Sad to say ExxonMobil isn't the only responsible party.

Exxon says it would comply with an executive order mandating LGBT employment protections for federal contractors if and/or when one is issued
President Obama could make workplace equality happen in many US corporations with the stroke of a pen. Obama refused to sign such an executive order in 2012. He has come under renewed pressure to sign it again this year but there is no indication he will be reconsidering his decision to demand - but not push in any meaningful way for - Congressional legislation instead.

With Congress, especially the House, as intransigent on this issue as are ExxonMobil shareholders, the road to equal protection in the workplace for all LGBT Americans is still blocked, and seems like it will continue to be for the next few years.

Originally posted to jpmassar on Wed May 29, 2013 at 01:54 PM PDT.

Also republished by Progressive Policy Zone, Angry Gays, and Milk Men And Women.

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