New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and other like-minded organizations around the country work tirelessly to thwart extremist LGBT legislation, both locally and nationally. However, legislation is only one of the avenues used by LGBT activists in an effort to influence American society. LGBT activists also exert influence on American employers by pressuring them to adopt pro-LGBT policies.
The misleadingly-named Human Rights Campaign (HRC)—which is the largest LGBT activist organization in the nation—recently released its annual Corporate Equality Index. The Corporate Equality Index ranks large and midsized American companies on their compliance with LGBT activists’ workplace wish list. According to WORLD:
To obtain a perfect score, a business must provide HRC with documentation that proves it meets a list of criteria such as having sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination policies or an LGBT employee group. Each business must also demonstrate three ongoing pro-LGBT efforts in areas such as employee recruitment, advertising, charitable giving, or lobbying.
The criteria for a perfect score have grown each year. Last year companies were required to provide equal same- and opposite-sex spousal benefits; this year they had to provide full domestic partner benefits, as well. Last year businesses had to have at least one healthcare benefit plan that covered hormone therapy and sex change surgery for transgender individuals; this year every plan they offered had to cover transgender treatment.
The Corporate Equality Index is an effective tool for LGBT activists. However, Christian business owners must resist the temptation to capitulate to activist demands. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7).