VIDEO: AT&T tells CNBC it was "very important" to stand with LGBT Russians

This morning, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spoke with CNBC about his company's recent statement supporting the LGBT community in Russia.

"We've always also been big supporters of equality in all regards. Our policies have always been very strong, so when you see our athletes going overseas to compete in an environment that has laws that are discriminatory," Randall told Squawk Box, "and it causes us some concerns, we just thought it was very important for us to come out and take a stand on it."

He added that response to AT&T's initial statement have "all been very positive."

On Tuesday, when AT&T blogged, "we stand against Russia's anti-LGBT law" and said the Olympics were a time to focus on equality and diversity, it became the first major US corporation to condemn the violence and "propaganda" law in Russia. Since then, Chobani, DeVry University, and most recently Google have joined AT&T in defense of the safety and equality of the worldwide LGBT community.

To learn more about what's happening in Russia, visit glaad.org/Russia. Media can reference GLAAD's Sochi Olympics Playbook.

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As a Major League Baseball umpire for the past 29 seasons, Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also the first out active male official in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL, and the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active.