Four years after becoming the first major CEO to come out as gay, Apple’s Tim Cook says he has no regrets.
“I’m very proud of it – yes, absolutely. To me, it is God’s greatest gift to me,” Cook told CNN in a new interview.
Cook further said he came out as gay to support children who are being bullied.
“I am a private person,” Cook said, describing his struggle to make his sexuality public. He added he wanted to show children that “you can be gay and still go on and do some big jobs in life – that there’s a path there. That is the reason I did it.”
Asked his thoughts on the Trump administration’s debate over the definition of gender, Cook said, “My strong view is that everybody should be treated with dignity and respect, and that’s the way I look at everyone.”
Cook’s comments about God sparked a debate on social media.
“I love Tim Cook and Apple but that’s a stupid comment,” Holly Elizabeth wrote on CNN International’s Facebook page. “God didn’t make you gay. It was a personal choice.”
Another person, Marcia N. Smith, wrote, “I wonder which God is that because it isn’t the God of the Bible.”
Others, though, applauded Cook.
“I for one am happy to hear he gives Glory to God for his happiness,” Marlon Wilson wrote.
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.