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Survey: It’s not OK for businesses to deny service to LGBTs

Monday, July 13, 2015
Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig picket the bakery that refused them service.
A majority of small business owners believe companies shouldn't be allowed to withhold goods or services from lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people based on an owner's religious beliefs, according to a survey released Monday. ...

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IBM cancels ribbon-cutting because of Bobby Jindal’s anti-gay executive order

Monday, June 22, 2015
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IBM has cancelled Monday's ribbon-cutting for its new National Service Center in Baton Rouge because of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal's executive order protecting those who object to same-sex marriage. ...

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Google marks LGBT pride month with stunning ad about gender transition

Friday, June 19, 2015
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Google — one of the world's most powerfully visible corporate LGBT advocates — is out with a new spot for Pride Month that tells the deeply poignant story of a transgender man and the small business that helped him during ...

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WATCH: Target celebrates Pride with video, LGBT manifesto

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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"To Target, pride doesn’t just start and end in June, it is a year-round commitment. And this year, we’re going all out..." ...

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Franklin Graham urges boycott of LGBT-friendly businesses for promoting ‘moral decay, Godless lifestyle’

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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Rev. Franklin Graham is calling for a boycott of gay-friendly businesses, beginning by pulling his ministry’s accounts from Wells Fargo after the bank ran an ad featuring a same-sex couple. ...

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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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