Take This Job and Shove It

Apple Computer was coming to Texas -- until local officials got wind of its policy on gay employees.

The apple of temptation came to Williamson County, Texas, last week, but the county commission didn't bite. Earlier this year Apple Computer, the California-based high-tech firm, proposed to build an $80 million office complex near the town of Round Rock. The five-member county commission was delighted. The project would bring as many as 1,450 new jobs, with a potential contribution to the local economy of $300 million by the year 2000. Then the commission learned that Apple extends health benefits to the live-in partners of unmarried employees, whether straight or gay. Jobs or no jobs, that was a big snag.


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