Apple CEO Tim Cook hits out at home state for being ‘too slow’ on gay equality

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Apple boss Tim Cook has hit out at his home state of Alabama, for lagging behind the majority of the US on issues of LGBT equality.

The tech CEO, who succeeded Steve Jobs in the role, was speaking at the State Capitol, while being inducted into the prestigious Academy of Honour.

He said: “As a state, we took too long to take steps toward equality.

“We were too slow on equality on African-Americans. We were too slow on interracial marriage. And we are still too slow on equality for the LBGT community.

“All of us share the responsibility of making us equal.”

Speaking before the state’s Republican governor Robert Bentley, he also called for specific employment protections for gay people – which the state currently lacks.

Mr Cook marched in the San Francisco Pride parade for the first time in June.

Despite never publicly addressing his sexuality, Cook topped Out Magazine’s power list three years in a row between 2011 and 2013.

He came second on this year’s list, edged out by TV host Ellen DeGeneres.

A CNBC host was criticized earlier this year after appearing to ‘out’ Cook on news discussion show Squawk on the Street.