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The business of planning same-sex weddings

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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For Bernadette Smith, the business of planning weddings isn’t just about helping the happy couple deal with the stressful process of selecting a venue or cake. [...]

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Some Arkansas cities push back against anti-gay laws by expanding LGBT protections

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
LGBT rights advocates gather at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on April 1, 2015, after the state became the epicenter of a fight over measures critics say are anti-gay. Several Arkansas cities are trying to stem any potential fallout with efforts to push back on the new laws and expand anti-discrimination protections.
After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections. [...]

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IBM tells North Carolina governor it opposes ‘religious freedom’ bill

Saturday, April 18, 2015
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IBM's top North Carolina executive has told state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory that the corporation strongly opposes proposed legislation supporters say protects religious convictions and opponents worry allows discrimination against LGBT people. [...]

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Christian auto shop owner in Michigan vows to deny service to gay customers

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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The owner of a Michigan auto repair shop says he won’t hesitate “to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons" because the voices of those who have Christian, conservative values are often overshadowed by those who do not. [...]

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Poll: Majority of Americans side with LGBT rights over ‘religious freedom’

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Chaunce O'Connor rallies outside a Miami courthouse on July 2 during a hearing on Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
A new national poll finds that a majority of Americans believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs, suggesting a split over the issue between voters and some of the politicians who represent them. [...]

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Aetna aims for LGBT community with targeted marketing test

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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Aetna is urging LGBT customers to "be proud" - and consider buying its coverage - as part of a new, narrow focus to selling health insurance in a business where the individual's buying decision matters more than it used to. [...]

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Why businesses are speaking out against ‘religious freedom’ laws

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon is among the business leaders who urged Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinsen to veto a bill in Arkansas that critics said would open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Walmart, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas. But why? [...]

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Ohio leaders aim to capitalize on criticism of Indiana religious freedom law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Officials in Ohio are aiming to capitalize on backlash against a religious-objections law in neighboring Indiana that critics say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Walmart urges Arkansas governor to veto anti-gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Retail giant Walmart says Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson should veto a religious-objection bill that critics say would open the door to widespread discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Acxiom asks Arkansas governor to veto ‘religious freedom’ bill

Monday, March 30, 2015
Acxiom headquarters in Little Rock, Ark.
Data-services company Acxiom is urging Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto a "religious freedom" bill, with the firm's executives arguing the measure enables discrimination against LGBT individuals. [...]

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