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

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
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.
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.

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Verizon ‘test man’ speaks publicly for first time in nine years, reveals he’s gay

| Sunday, April 17, 2011
Paul Marcarelli
The Verizon 'test guy' who rose to fame with the catchphrase 'Can you hear me now?' is speaking publicly for the first time, and now that his contract is ending, he is discussing the pain he endured from becoming a celebrity -- and has revealed that he is gay.

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