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Brooklyn bar owner fights landlord who forbids him from operating a gay bar

Monday, April 21, 2014
NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn bar owner says he has been battling his landlord for more than a year to turn his establishment into a gay bar, but that his lease specifically prohibits a gay bar from operating on the premises. [ Read more → ]
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Hundreds of Mo. businesses voice support for statewide LGBT protections

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – More than 450 Missouri-based companies from across the state, including two of the Fortune 500, are now voicing their support for the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA), which was introduced in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly in February. [ Read more → ]
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Coalition of Miss. businesses want LGBT customers to know they’re welcome

Sunday, April 13, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. -- Following the Mississippi legislature's recent passage of a religious freedom bill that opponents say could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays, businesses statewide have responded by displaying a decal informing LGBT customers that their business is welcome. [ Read more → ]
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Honey Maid responds to anti-gay critics who called ad campaign ‘disgusting’

Thursday, April 3, 2014
From the makers of Honey Maid graham crackers comes the official response to critics who labeled their “This is Wholesome” ad campaign “disgusting” because it prominently featured same-sex parents among its collection of real American families. [ Read more → ]
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‘One Million Moms’ outraged over ‘sexual perversion’ of Honey Maid campaign

Thursday, March 20, 2014
The 64,000 members of “One Million Moms” are targeting Nabisco over its “This is Wholesome” campaign that prominent features a same-sex couple and their children. [ Read more → ]
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Heineken pulls sponsorship from NYC St. Patrick’s over ban on gay pride signs

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Heineken announced Friday it has pulled its sponsorship of Monday's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City because event organizers refuse to let gay participants carry signs displaying LGBT pride. [ Read more → ]
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Barilla (‘gays can go an eat another brand’) Pasta launches NYC restaurant

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
NEW YORK — Barilla pasta, whose chairman came under fire last year when he said gay “can go an eat another brand” of pasta because his family-friendly company would never feature a same-sex couple in its advertising, has opened a new restaurant in New York. [ Read more → ]
Honey Maid

Honey Maid ‘This is Wholesome’ campaign features same-sex parents

Monday, March 10, 2014
The company behind Honey Maid graham crackers on Monday unveiled a diversity-rich advertising campaign prominently featuring same-sex parents among its collection of real American families. [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin,    APWith the Arizona Capitol in the background, gay rights supporters Rachel Butas, right, and Jo Jo Halko kiss after the two learn that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announces she has vetoed SB1062, a bill designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Phoenix.

How Corporate America forced the veto of Arizona’s anti-gay bill

Thursday, February 27, 2014
When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand. Voicing concern for their employees, customers and bottom lines, prominent companies from American Airlines to Verizon used threats of reduced business to help convince Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays based on the owner's religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
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Reports: Arizona governor likely to veto anti-gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Arizona governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto a controversial "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners with to deny service to gay people, reports NBC News, citing sources close to the governor who are "familiar with her thinking." [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APAnthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.

Super Bowl committee, more than 80 companies call for veto of anti-gay bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Super Bowl host committee, the NFL and more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona have called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people. [ Read more → ]
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Ariz. business leaders call for veto of anti-gay religious freedom bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
PHOENIX — Arizona's biggest business advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays. [ Read more → ]
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AT&T becomes first U.S. corporation to condemn Russian anti-gay law

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
AT&T, a long-time sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee, on Tuesday became the first major U.S. corporation to make a public statement condemning anti-LGBT Russian law outlawing “homosexual propaganda.” [ Read more → ]
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Tenn. businesses encouraged to support state’s LGBT community

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Equality Project is starting a new initiative to encourage business to show support for the state’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. [ Read more → ]
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Lockheed Martin ends Boy Scouts donations over ban on gay scout leaders

Thursday, December 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting its donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's ban on gays serving as adult leaders. [ Read more → ]
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Same-sex partner benefits growing at Fortune 500 companies

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group. [ Read more → ]
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IKEA deletes article on lesbian couple from magazine’s Russian edition

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
HELSINKI — Swedish furniture retailer IKEA says it has cancelled an article about a lesbian couple in the Russian edition of its customer magazine because that would have contravened that county's law on gay propaganda. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights activists plan protest outside NYSE in response to ‘Russia Day’

Monday, November 18, 2013
NEW YORK -- In the latest in a series of ongoing, high-profile demonstrations against the Russian government’s anti-gay laws, activist group Queer Nation will protest outside the New York Stock Exchange Monday while Russian government officials at the Exchange ring the closing bell. [ Read more → ]
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Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy receives ‘Champion of Justice and Equality’ award

Sunday, November 17, 2013
ATLANTA -- The Urban League of Greater Atlanta, an organization focused on the economic empowerment of African-Americans, has presented Chick-fi-A President and CEO Dan Cathy with its annual Community Empowerment Award. [ Read more → ]
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Pasta maker to boost diversity after chairman sparks global LGBT boycott

Monday, November 4, 2013
ROME -- Italy-based pasta maker Barilla is pledging to improve diversity after gay rights activists and allies launched a worldwide boycott of its products when a company executive said Barilla would never feature ads depicting gay families. [ Read more → ]
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Hallmark stirs controversy by striking the word ‘gay’ from ugly sweater ornament

Thursday, October 31, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For greeting card giant Hallmark, this isn't just another tacky holiday sweater. The Kansas City, Mo.-based company has been defending itself this week after it began selling an ornamental, miniaturized version of the ugly holiday sweater. [ Read more → ]
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Jelly Belly chair supports campaign to repeal transgender student rights law

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Transgender rights advocates are taking aim at the Chairman of the Jelly Belly company after learning that he donated thousands of dollars to the campaign to repeal California's landmark transgender student rights law. [ Read more → ]
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Indianapolis chamber of commerce opposes gay marriage ban

Friday, October 25, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — Efforts to defeat an upcoming bid by Indiana lawmakers to add a same-sex marriage ban to the state constitution received a major boost this week when the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce said it will oppose the ban. [ Read more → ]
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Barilla pasta chairman posts Facebook video apologizing for anti-gay remarks

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Facing a worldwide boycott of his products, the chairman of Barilla pasta on Friday issued his second apology in as many days after saying he "would never do an advertisemenet with a homosexual family ... if the gays don’t like it they can go an eat another brand.” [ Read more → ]
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Chairman of Barilla pasta: ‘Gays can go eat another brand’

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Gay rights advocates are calling for a boycott of Barilla, the world's leading pasta maker, after it's chairman said he would never feature a gay couple in his advertisements. [ Read more → ]
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