On Monday, the director of corporate communications for Subaru of America, Inc., Michael McHale, issued the following statement to John Voelcker, editor of Green Car Reports:
While we recognize that the voters in each State elect their own legislature to decide that State’s laws, we at Subaru do not agree with any legislation that allows for discrimination, or any behavior or act that promotes any form of discrimination. Furthermore, we do not allow discrimination in our own operations, including our operations in the state of Indiana. We will certainly continue to take the issue of non-discrimination into consideration as part of our decision-making processes.
Subaru does business with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Syria, the U.A.E., where people aren’t allowed to be gay. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the U.A.E. punishes homosexuality by flogging, imprisonment (sometimes for life) or execution, even beheadings.
Women can’t drive in Saudi Arabia but that’s okay with Subaru.