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Muppets creators end partnership with Chick-fil-A over anti-gay sentiments

Sunday, July 22, 2012
The Jim Henson Company, the entertainment organization that traces its origins to the founding of The Muppets in 1958 by puppeteer Jim Henson, has ended its affiliation with Chick-fil-A over the restaurant chain’s anti-gay sentiments. [ Read more → ]

Idaho bar drops Miller, Coors, Pepsi over support of LGBT commerce

Friday, July 20, 2012
WAHA, Idaho -- A popular bar in Northern Idaho is no longer selling products from MillerCoors brewing or PepsiCo., because those corporations support the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay Chick-fil-A: ‘Gulity as charged’ in support of ‘traditional marriage’

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A — embroiled in a recent controversy surrounding the millions of dollars it donated to anti-gay organizations — has three words for gay rights advocates: “Guilty as charged.” [ Read more → ]

Target stores nationwide now selling greeting cards for same-sex unions

Sunday, July 15, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS -- Placed on greeting card racks under the headings of "For two special men" and "For two special women," Minneapolis-based Target Corp. is now stocking greeting cards to celebrate same-sex unions. [ Read more → ]

Thomson Reuters says Minnesota anti-gay amendment is bad for business

Friday, July 13, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS -– Media giant Thomson Reuters on Friday said that a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota would be bad for business. [ Read more → ]

Google launches ‘Legalize Love’ campaign in support of gay marriage worldwide

Saturday, July 7, 2012
LONDON -- Internet giant Google announced Saturday the launch of a global campaign aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage around the world. [ Read more → ]

Oreo ‘pride cookie’ post on Facebook sparks emotional responses

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
NORTHFIELD, Ill. — KRAFT Foods’ LGBT-friendly post on Facebook for its immensely popular Oreo cookies has sparked emotional responses on the cookie’s fan page. [ Read more → ]

More fodder for ‘One Million’ moms: JC Penney ad features gay dads

Thursday, May 31, 2012
Retailer JC Penney just hasn't gotten the message -- the rabidly anti-gay group One Million Moms "is disturbed" over "another homosexual ad" from JC Penney, this one featuring two real-life gay dads celebrating Father's Day. [ Read more → ]

ExxonMobil shareholders reject protections for LGBT employees

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
DALLAS, TX -– ExxonMobil shareholders on Wednesday voted against a resolution that would have prohibited workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]

ExxonMobil: Evolve already on LGBT workplace protections

Thursday, May 24, 2012
DALLAS — The Dallas Morning News on Thursday weighed in on ExxonMobil’s 13-year refusal to add workplace protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Target to offer ‘pride’ T-shirts online to benefit LGBT advocacy group

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- After spending the better part of the last two years fighting backlash from the LGBT community over its political donations to anti-gay candidates, retailer Target Corp. announced it is launching a pride promotion for the month of June. [ Read more → ]

‘One Million’ moms target JC Penney again, this time over lesbians in catalog

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The group "One Million Moms" -- and its 46,000 members -- is once again taking aim at retailer JC Penney, this time for featuring a lesbian couple in its Spring catalog. [ Read more → ]

‘One Million Moms’ targets Urban Outfitters over catalog kiss

Sunday, April 15, 2012
After failing to force JC Penney to fire Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson, and Toys R Us to pull a gay Archie comic from its shelf, the anti-gay "One Million Moms" group has now targeted appearal retailer Urban Outfitters over a photo in its April catalog of two women kissing. [ Read more → ]

Bank of America executive: N.C. anti-gay marriage amendment would be ‘disastrous’

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A top executive at Bank of America this week denounced a proposed constitutional amendment in North Carolina that would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, and said the initiative would be "disastrous" to the state's business climate. [ Read more → ]

SEC rejects ExxonMobil bid to block protections for sexual orientation, gender identity

Thursday, March 22, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a ruling Tuesday that halts an attempt by energy giant ExxonMobil to prevent a non-discrimination shareholder resolution with protections for sexual orientation and gender identity from being voted on during its annual shareholder's meeting on May 30. [ Read more → ]

HRC calls NOM’s Starbucks boycott their typical ‘temper-tantrum’

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign on Wednesday fired back at the National Organization for Marriage, calling their “Dump Starbucks” campaign a typical "temper tantrum," and called on consumers to support Starbucks for its decision to support same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

NOM launches boycott after Starbucks rejects anti-gay marriage sentiment

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
SEATTLE -- The National Organization for Marriage on Wednesday announced it has launched a boycott of Starbucks after the coffee giant's chief executive flatly rejected a complaint by the NOM that it reconsider its support of marriage equality for gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]

Urban Outfitters under fire for selling transphobic greeting card on website

Monday, March 19, 2012
Retailer Urban Outfitters has come under fire from many in the LGBT community for what advocates are calling a "transphobic" greeting card that was offered for sale on its website, but is now listed as sold out. [ Read more → ]

American Family Association targets Toys R Us over gay couple in Archie comics

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
After failing to convince JC Penney to fire Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson because she is openly gay, now the American Family Association’s group One Million Moms is putting Toys R Us in its cross hairs for selling an Archie comic book that features a same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Hate group slams JC Penny for hiring Ellen DeGeneres as spokesperson

Thursday, February 2, 2012
TUPELO, Miss. -- Retail giant J.C. Penney has come under fire from the anti-gay group "One Million Moms" over its recent hiring of hugely popular daytime television talk-show host, Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson. [ Read more → ]

Starbucks, Google, Alcoa latest U.S. corporations to endorse gay marriage

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Starbucks, Google, and Alcoa are the latest in a growing list of major corporations to announce their support for marriage equality in Washington state. [ Read more → ]

More positive polling for gay marriage, and a boost from flight attendants

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
More positive polling in Maine and Washington. Gay couples get a green light to sue over civil unions in New Jersey. A vote on DOMA gets postponed until next week. And marriage equality gets a boost from the National Association of Flight Attendants. This week's Marriage News Watch is here... [ Read more → ]

Major U.S. corporations tell federal court: DOMA is bad for business

Sunday, November 6, 2011
BOSTON -- Seventy major U.S. companies, including CBS, Google, Microsoft, Nike and Starbucks, have come together in an "amicus" brief -- commonly referred to as a "friend of the court" brief -- claiming that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is harmful to commerce. [ Read more → ]

Report: Chick-fil-A donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay causes in 2009

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
New IRS 990 forms reveal that fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2009, reports Equality Matters. [ Read more → ]

Bank of America to reimburse gay couples for additional taxes on healthcare plans

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Bank of America, the nation's largest bank holding company, has announced plans to reimburse gay employees for the additional taxes they pay on same-sex couple healthcare plans. [ Read more → ]
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