The Gay Marriage Debate Ends at Wall Street

  • metta

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    May 20, 2014 10:54 PM GMT
    The Gay Marriage Debate Ends at Wall Street

    "CEOs who once tossed out anti-gay epithets on the trading floor—or, worse, fired openly gay employees on account of their sexuality—are now bragging about their multi-million-dollar donations to pro-gay causes."

    "In American politics, money often dictates ideology. Wall Street holds the money Republicans need to stay in office. Its CEOs are accustomed to paying the piper; don’t be surprised when they start to call the tune."

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/05/20/wall_street_will_bring_gay_rights_to_the_republican_party.html
  • tazzari

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    May 21, 2014 12:03 AM GMT
    In other words, Wall St will force the GOP to pretend it's all warm & fuzzy. Spin. Totally unrelated to what they think and would try to do if elected.
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    May 21, 2014 12:23 AM GMT
    Yes,

    Not so long ago we were bullied and forced into seclusion. Now, the once bullied are in position of power, CEO'S and entrepreneurs with cash. The once down trodden have become the new super elite. So I say.....SHOW THEM WHO THE FUCK IS BOSS NOW!!!

    IT'S OUR DAY!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO HAVE BEEN TRAIL BLAZERS AND TO ALL WHO CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR =
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    May 21, 2014 12:46 AM GMT
    tazzari saidIn other words, Wall St will force the GOP to pretend it's all warm & fuzzy. Spin. Totally unrelated to what they think and would try to do if elected.

    Problem for the GOP, many of the "troops" haven't gotten the message yet. And they'll look like damn fools if they suddenly change their tune in the middle of the performance.

    But it should be entertaining to watch them try. And to listen to the discordance, as some try singing one song, and the others another.
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    May 21, 2014 1:22 PM GMT
    Matthew 6:24
    No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."
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    May 21, 2014 2:28 PM GMT
    I was on the trading floor of the stock exchange in New York for many years. In those days, extremely juvenile hazing humor was all the rage (I'm told that this ended for good on 9/11.) One of the very common pranks was to tape a sign on someone's back with some degrading insult, and if you were the one who told the guy that his back was so adorned, well, you would be next. (Second grade, anyone? When's recess?)

    One day a trader whom no one liked walked around with a sign that said, "Even though my ass is bleeding, I still crave more cock." Even knowing the rsk, I pulled the guy's sign off and had a few choice words for the crowd (I was out to everyone). There was no retribution to me. They even seemed a little embarrassed.
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    May 21, 2014 10:44 PM GMT
    This is true. Big companies generally now view diversity, including LGBT diversity, as a significant positive. From a lawyer perspective, client demands require us to field more diverse teams, which requires more diverse hiring.

    Business groups have filed amicus briefs in all federal appeals of marriage cases - and will continue to do so - signed by the biggest companies in the country, arguing that same sex marriage bans are not only fundamentally unfair, they are bad for business, because they impede hiring and impose additional costs.

    Sometimes corporate lackeys aren't COMPLETELY the enemies of the people. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 21, 2014 10:53 PM GMT
    showme saidSometimes corporate lackeys aren't COMPLETELY the enemies of the people. icon_biggrin.gif

    So you're saying my knitting lessons are a waste of time?
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    showme saidThis is true. Big companies generally now view diversity, including LGBT diversity, as a significant positive. From a lawyer perspective, client demands require us to field more diverse teams, which requires more diverse hiring.

    Business groups have filed amicus briefs in all federal appeals of marriage cases - and will continue to do so - signed by the biggest companies in the country, arguing that same sex marriage bans are not only fundamentally unfair, they are bad for business, because they impede hiring and impose additional costs.

    Sometimes corporate lackeys aren't COMPLETELY the enemies of the people. icon_biggrin.gif

    Well, I've heard this before, that the bottom-line profit motive will be our gay salvation. Both in sales, and in being able to hire & retain the "best & brightest".

    And you add the perspective of reduced litigation, another factor to consider in overall return to shareholders. We may have turned a very important corner here. The Bible set may still be sending us to Hell, but the investors are taking us to the bank. Time will tell which has the greater influence in corporate America.