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Hallmark stirs controversy by striking the word ‘gay’ from ugly sweater ornament

| Thursday, October 31, 2013
Hallmark
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.

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Jelly Belly chair supports campaign to repeal transgender student rights law

| Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Herman Rowland Sr.
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.

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Indianapolis chamber of commerce opposes gay marriage ban

| Friday, October 25, 2013
Indianapolis, Ind.
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.

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Barilla pasta chairman posts Facebook video apologizing for anti-gay remarks

| Saturday, September 28, 2013
Barilla
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.”

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Chairman of Barilla pasta: ‘Gays can go eat another brand’

| Thursday, September 26, 2013
Guido Barilla
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.

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Anti-gay hate group claims three-year boycott of Home Depot was a success

| Sunday, September 8, 2013
Home-Depot
The anti-gay hate group American Family Association (AFA) announced Thursday it was ending its three year boycott of the Home Depot because it was satisfied the home improvement retailer no longer supports gay rights groups. Randy Sharp, director of special projects for American Family Association,...

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Walmart expands benefits to include employees’ same-sex partners

| Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Walmart
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will extend its health care benefits to its U.S. workers' domestic partners, including those of the same sex, starting Jan. 1.

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LGBT rights advocates to urge Procter & Gamble to drop Olympics sponsorship

| Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- LGBT activists will deliver nearly 200,000 signatures to Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati on Wednesday, urging the maker of everything from perfumes to pet food to end its sponsorship of the 2014 Winter Olympics in anti-gay Russia.

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Ind. chamber of commerce says it won’t take sides on gay marriage ban

| Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Indiana
MUNSTER, Ind. — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce likely won't get involved in what could be a contentious fight next year over whether to add a gay marriage ban to the state constitution, the pro-industry group's president said.

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LGBT advocates target Russian vodkas in response to anti-gay legislation

| Friday, July 26, 2013
Stolichnaya, the most recognizable name among Russian vodkas, is at the center of a boycott over Russia's anti-gay laws.
LGBT activists, led by Seattle-based advice columnist and "It Gets Better" campaign founder Dan Savage, have launched a boycott of Russian vodka in response to anti-gay legislation signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin, and increased violence against LGBT citizens in Russia.

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