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Pasta maker to boost diversity after chairman sparks global LGBT boycott

Monday, November 4, 2013
Guido Barilla
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. [...]

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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. [...]

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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
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
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, said that “after monitoring the [...]

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Walmart expands benefits to include employees’ same-sex partners

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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
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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