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Apple cuts ties with lobbyist, former lawmaker who opposed same-sex marriage

Technology giant Apple Inc., whose CEO Tim Cook, came out as gay last year, has cut ties with an Alabama lobbyist because he opposed same-sex marriage during his time as a state lawmaker and congressional candidate.

Jay Love
Jay Love AP

The Washington Blade reports that Apple terminated its contract with former State Rep. Jay Love, who served in the Alabama Legislature between 2003 and 2013.

Love left the legislature in 2013 to pursue opportunities in the private sector, including opening up a lobbying firm, and was subsequently hired to represent Apple to advocate on the company’s behalf before Alabama government officials.

Although Love’s name still appears on the Alabama Ethics Commission list of lobbyists for 2015 under his full name, Julius Kenneth Love, as representing Apple, sources tell the Blade Love is no longer employed by Apple as of last Friday and the company has contracted someone else for the position.

In 2009, Love introduced a resolution in the Alabama Legislature commending then-Miss California Carrie Prejean for speaking out against same-sex marriage during the Miss USA pageant. The resolution was later approved by voice vote.

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