Cummins applauds the Supreme Court decision to strike down DOMA

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Equal_Rights_LogoToday marks a historic day in civil rights. The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Embracing and advocating diversity and equality are at the heart of Cummins’ core values. Former CEO J. Irwin Miller was a strong activist for civil rights and instilled that in the Cummins culture.

“Character, ability and intelligence are not concentrated in one sex over the other, nor in persons with certain accents or in certain races or in persons holding degrees from some universities over others,” said Miller. “When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.”

Sharon Barner, Vice President and General Counsel for Cummins Inc., said the following:

“Doing things the right way and embracing diversity are core Cummins values. We have a long and rich history of supporting civil rights issues and often Cummins has been a strong corporate voice on those issues. Today, we join many companies and individuals in commending the Supreme Court for striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and allowing the decision that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional to stand. Cummins believes that treating all people fairly and equally is the right thing to do and we are pleased to support the rights and liberties of all our employees.”

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  • Chandra Sapkota says:
    June 28, 2013 at 9:16 am Reply

    I think this was the right thing to do. The United States is like a police to the whole world. It is importnat to respect human rights in own home before asking other to do so. Every human being have the right to be equally present in this lovely world and enjoy the life to the full extent.

    I am also hopeful that the House of Representatives will do the right thing to do by passing the immigration law. I think more than 11 million people deserve the right to live a fearless life. They deserve the right to live with their families. They have been victim of exploitation and abuse, by their employers and other people because of their status. Let’s get together and tell the congress to do the right thing. Let those people have their basic human rights back.

    • Political Deception says:
      July 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm Reply

      I would suggest that you do the right thing and read the bill before endorsing its passage. Anyone who takes the time to honestly read it, can see the that is meant to deceive the public. Regardless of your political persuasion, deliberate deceit and political distortion should raise your level of concern – does it not? Forget what the media is telling you and read the proposed legislation.

      There is beauty in the brevity of concise language – as we have witnessed in the Declaration of Independence. House and Senate Bills which routinely and deliberately exceed 1200 & 2400 pages are meant to confuse and curtail public reading requiring what some call a “Philadelphia Lawyer” in order to decypher its content and meaning. Always question authority – The devil is in the detail.

  • Moral Character says:
    July 1, 2013 at 10:49 am Reply

    The natural order of the human species is to procreate. This is done via the union of a man and a women. Anyone who believes that sexual orientation is a natural state of man, is either delusional or deviant. To demonize the standing marital institution of man-to-women in order to advance political clout is despicable. The so called “Alternative lifestyle” is about accepting sexual deviants into mainstream society. This was stated many years ago with the slogan “We’re here and we’re queer”. Organizers seeking to lessen the threat to the public opted to soften the political rhetoric so as to gain access to corporate America and other institutions in order to gain influence and market shares of opinion. Defense of marriage is to protect the biblical institution of marriage and the natural order of mankind. It is not a human rights issue. There is no right for humans to alter the state of union. Cummins, like many other corporate entities cloak themselves in the term “diversity” to insulate against public backlash for a taking a stand on morality. Rather than being admired for standing up to political pressure, Cummins has chosen a “milktoast” response to appease the GLBT community.

  • Christian Daily says:
    July 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm Reply

    After the U.S. Supreme Court issued landmark rulings on same-sex marriage Wednesday, Chick-fil-A Inc’s President Dan Cathy showed strong character by tweeting “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our generation to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies. I applaud Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A and am saddened by the actions of Tom Lineburger of Cummins.

  • Guy with truck says:
    July 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm Reply

    Rome fell when they passed similar laws, they all found God when Attilla the hun showed up. BTW..what happen to the rule of law, government should govern not serve the mob and their whims.

  • Tim Winterburn says:
    July 4, 2013 at 3:33 am Reply

    I am proud to tell anyone that I work for Cummins.
    I place great value in being part of a company that has strong and clear moral values and the courage to express them. It is inspiring to be part of an organisation that puts doing the right thing above all else.
    I would like to express my thanks to Tom and the rest of Cummins leadership for showing that they have the same moral fibre and principles as their predecessors.

  • Straight, Not Narrow says:
    July 5, 2013 at 10:03 am Reply

    Dear Christian Daily and Moral Character… aren’t you glad you live in a country where you’re allowed to believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman? It’s nice isn’t it? You can go through life not having your orientation or your family status questioned and enjoy all the legal benefits of marriage. If you oppose marriage between two men or two women, then you don’t have to have one. I applaud your right to have an opposite sex marriage – but what gives you the authority to prevent anyone from having a same sex one? Even if you have a firm religious belief, doesn’t the bible teach you not to judge others? That’s your god’s job, not yours. And unless the number of children you have is equal to the number of years you’ve been married, your comments about procreation are nonsense. You have the right in this country to believe whatever cock-a-mamie religious ridiculousness you choose, or none at all; as an American, I deserve that same right. You seem to have forgotten that we’re not all Christians, but we are all Americans. Doesn’t it seem hypocritical to you that we’d engage other countries in war for imposing a Muslim government of rule, while we impose a Christian government of rule here (and, in particular, your brand of Christian? There are many sects of Christianity which are proponents of marriage for all.)? Imagine if I told you that once you’re married, you can never get divorced (isn’t that in the bible, too?). Or that you cannot receive any marriage benefits if you weren’t a virgin when you got married since the bible judges premarital sex much more harshly than it does same sex relations. And, if you did get divorced, you could never get remarried in the eyes of the law. If you’re going to try to exclude “sinners” from marriage, look in the mirror first. By the way, the same passage in the bible that you claim condemns same sex relations also condemns idols (like that cross you’re wearing on your necklace and that crucifixion statue in your living room), and stipulates that you must plant fruit trees and that you must treat the fruit as unclean for 3 years, then offer what you reap as a sacrifice in the 4th year, eating only what you produce in the 5th and future years. And what of the condemnation of tattoos and piercings (are your ears pierced)? And if you’re a man, you’d better have a full, square beard since the same passage condemns shaving your face, too. Are you following all of those rules? Cummins welcomes you as an employee, even though they disagree with you. This is the most proud I’ve been to be associated with Cummins since I started. I applaud you, Cummins, for standing up for what is right.

  • Stuart Doemp says:
    July 10, 2013 at 12:41 am Reply

    I just don’t get those that cast judgement on others. Do those being with or marrying the same sex have any consequence to you? If you truly believe God or his Son care greatly about this, leave it up to them. Why do you all feel like you need to voice the opinions that you may or may not be true? I don’t think hate and discrimination are in the Bible anywhere. I applaud a company like Cummins to stand for the morals in which they stand for.

  • Marsha Cuddington says:
    July 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm Reply

    I find it really sad that there are still people who want to put their energies into restricting the rights and happiness of others. At some level, many must feel some sense of shame at being so narrow-minded, as those posts are almost always anonymous. These negative comments only drive me to want to be a better ally to those in the LGBT community, as well as others who might be repressed in some way.

    So much energy could be very powerful if directed in a positive way!

    It is commendable that Cummins is willing to take a public stand in defense of ALL people, and their right to be who they are. It makes me very proud to be part of this company.

  • Mother/Wife says:
    July 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Let’s just build engines and our other products. Hire people that have skills and potential and are respectful of others.
    Just do your job as best you can and do not think of your employer as family or friend. Corporations are neither. Keeping silent is a good piece of advice. Speak in the voting box.

  • A concerned employee - what about our children, our future? says:
    July 31, 2013 at 9:19 am Reply

    I feel that was a sad day for our nation. For who is standing up for the rights of the children to have a mother and a father? If we do not work to guarantee that we as a nation will do all we can to ensure that they have the benefit of their biological mother and father or at least the benefit of an adoptive mother and father to have that social and psychological benefit, then we are doing them a grave disservice and I would even venture to say we are denying them their basic human rights. They and future generations will suffer from the negligence.

    Furthermore, if we say two mothers or two fathers suffice, then which one is unnecessary? The mother or the father? The wife or the husband? No, I do not believe you can redefine the institution of marriage and call it equal. Marriage between one man and one woman is a unique relationship that is directed toward family. Sexually, biologically, and socially it is unique. No matter how hard we try to change it, we cannot change the nature of the fact that it takes a male part (sperm) and a female part (egg) to create a child. Nature has designed it this way for good reason.

    Additionally, I ask who’s rights are being protected? I do not know of homosexual “unions” being illegal here in the US. So, are we simply wanting to recognize the validity of their romantic endeavors? I do not believe the state should be involved in defining two people’s romantic affairs, do you? The state is interested in marriage simply for the fact that the family is vital to its existence and stability.

    The people of this nation have rushed too quickly to the aid of those who are victimizing themselves by “prejudice” and “bigotry”. When people like me who try to defend marriage and say it is a simple fact of biology and not bigotry, it is morality and not hatred, we are still labeled bigots and are the outcasts. Who is being biased and prejudiced here? I question that also. Why is gay marriage being literally shoved through the legislature completely by emotional slogans and so little rational and thoughtful discussions about the topic and its ramifications?

    And finally, some may be tempted to say that I am prejudiced or bigoted for these comments. However, I can honestly say that I love and care for the homosexually oriented persons whom I know in my life. Simply because I disagree with the choice of lifestyle of those who act out on that orientation does not mean that I hate them. To disagree is not to hate. If a child wants what is not good for them and I disagree strongly, then it is out of care that I disapprove. I would not be loving nor respectful if I did not make an effort to change their ways. To disagree is not to hate. To stand up for an institution that is vital to the future of humankind, that is not prejudice. But to ignore the simple dignity and well being of our children and future generations, some of whom will intentionally be denied a mother or a father, I would say that is a grave injustice.

  • Earl says:
    August 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm Reply

    I married whom I chose. Why should I not let others do the same?

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