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May 13, 2015

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’ - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/businesses-urged-speak-out-against-anti-lgbt-legislation-texas130515#sthash.90g1SJgw.dpuf‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’ - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/businesses-urged-speak-out-against-anti-lgbt-legislation-texas130515#sthash.90g1SJgw.dpuf‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

When religious freedom bills were being discussed in Indiana and Arkansas earlier this year, voices from the business community were among the loudest in condemning the proposed legislation.

May 8, 2015

Who is Hayden and why has he got a list? Gay Star News talks to the creators of the website Hayden’s List to find out how it can help you make smart business choices

The fight for LGBT equality has increasingly become intertwined with the world of business in recent months.

In March, 379 organizations – mainly large companies – wrote a letter to the US Supreme Court to explain why marriage equality is good for business.

On the other hand, there have been a number of small businesses that have refused to provide services for same-sex weddings – leading to a number of high-profile court cases.

May 1, 2015

#Pizza4Equality was launched to help raise funds for Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund

A charitable initiative, inspired as a response to a pizza restaurant that said it would not make pizzas for a gay wedding, has raised over $160,000 in just 26 days.

The #Pizza4Equality campaign was launched by Brooklyn activist, Scott Wooledge.

It was created after news spread about Memories Pizza in Indiana, whose owners said last month that they would not cater for same-sex marriage ceremonies.

April 28, 2015

'Satan’s really at work'

GoFundMe has shut down the crowdfunding page of an anti-gay bakery after they raised nearly $110,000 in donations.

After nearly two years in court, an Oregon judge Friday (24 April) recommended that the Christian owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa be fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Aaron and Melissa Klein then launched a campaign on GoFundMe that quickly reached $109,000 before it was taken offline.

April 27, 2015

President also pokes fun at politicians who won't attend gay weddings

US President Barack Obama cracked two hilarious gay jokes at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday (25 April) evening.

He opened with a joke at the expense of Vice President Joe Biden but quickly added:

'I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man.'

'We've gotten so close that some places in Indiana won't serve us pizza any more,' he quipped.

April 22, 2015

'Who wants to burn down Memories Pizza with me?'

When it was exposed that Memories Pizza would become the first business in Indiana to say they would never serve their food at a gay wedding, thousands of people posted angry messages on social media.

But a high school coach who sent her own angry tweet is now fired.

Jessica Dooley, who was the girls golf head coach for Concord Community Schools in the state, was accused of promoting 'harmful' and 'illegal' activity to students with her online message.

April 20, 2015

The tech giant, which is currently expanding in Monroe, has spoken out against proposed legislation that would allow business to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings

IBM has become one of the first global companies to publicly speak out against a proposed religious freedom law being considered in Louisiana.

Last week, GSN reported on how Governor Booby Jindal was hopeful that legislation, HB 707, would be passed.

April 19, 2015

The petition, made by a friend of a soon-to-be-wed gay couple, asks the actors to make good on their Twitter pledge

The friend of a soon-to-be-wed Indiana gay couple is hoping to take up an offer made by actors Zach Braff and Donald Faison to provide pizza for a gay wedding.

The former Scrubs stars made a pledge over Twitter after Indiana pizzeria Memories Pizza made the announcement they would not cater to gay weddings following the state’s controversial ‘religious freedom’ bill, which allows businesses to refuse service to LGBTI people on religious grounds.

April 18, 2015

'This is simply about protecting the essential religious freedom rights in the First Amendment'

A bill is working its way in Louisiana's state house that will eclipse anything in Indiana's freedom of religion law.

According to MSNBC HB 707, the Marriage and Conscience Act. is being considered by the state's congress.

If passed the measure would protect state workers from punishment who do not want to process papers for same-sex marriages.

April 17, 2015

Makes comments while defending Indiana's 'religious freedom' law

Pat Robertson spouted another anti-gay conspiracy this week on his The 700 Club television show.

The 84-year-old televangelist, speaking in defense of Indiana's controversial 'religious freedom' law, called the liberals who led the backlash against the law 'totalitarian socialists. They want the government to force everybody into their mold.'

The state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act led to a nationwide backlash because it opened the door for private businesses to legally discriminate against gay people if they cited religious beliefs.

April 16, 2015

Mike Pence now has favorable rating of just 35%

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is paying the price for rushing to sign the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA) into law last month.

After nationwide backlash and a disastrous interview with ABC News defending the law, Pence called for amendments to legislation that was viewed as giving license to private businesses to legally discriminate against gays and others.

It's also been damaging to the Republican governor's reputation.

April 16, 2015

Mike Pence now has favorable rating of just 35%

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is paying the price for rushing to sign the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA) into law last month.

After nationwide backlash and a disastrous interview with ABC News defending the law, Pence called for amendments to legislation that was viewed as giving license to private businesses to legally discriminate against gays and others.

It's also been damaging to the Republican governor's reputation.

April 14, 2015

Following the passing of its controversial religious freedom law, Indiana is spending $2million+ with a PR firm in an attempt to repair its image

The state of Indiana has hired a global PR firm to help repair its image after the passing of its controversial religious freedom bill.

The message of the campaign? Indiana is a welcoming place to live, visit and do business.

The PR firm tasked with promoting the message is Porter Novelli. It has been hired by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

April 14, 2015

Following the passing of its controversial religious freedom law, Indiana is spending $2million+ with a PR firm in an attempt to repair its image

The state of Indiana has hired a global PR firm to help repair its image after the passing of its controversial religious freedom bill.

The message of the campaign? Indiana is a welcoming place to live, visit and do business.

The PR firm tasked with promoting the message is Porter Novelli. It has been hired by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

April 11, 2015

'Look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas'

US Senator Ted Cruz warned a number of homeschool advocates the LGBTI community is waging 'jihad' in Arkansas and Indiana.

According to Right Wing Watch, the 2016 candidate for the White House was part of candidate forum this past week in Iowa (the first state in the presidential primary).

April 10, 2015

Memories Pizza owners found themselves at center of religious freedom debate when they said they wouldn't cater a gay wedding

The O'Connor family has re-opened the doors of Memories Pizza to a full house after being closed for eight days.

'It's a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal,' said owner Kevin O'Connor who with his daughter, Crystal, was at the center of a national controversy over Indiana's controversial religious freedom law.

Crystal O'Connor had said her family 'doesn't hate gays' but simply would not deliver pizzas to a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs.

April 8, 2015

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer has likened the owners of an Indiana pizzeria to Nazi Holocaust victim Anne Frank because they temporarily closed their restaurant and went into hiding after a public backlash

Bryan Fischer, one of the most extreme homophobic public figures in the United States, has made the bizarre comparison between the owners of an Indiana pizzeria that announced they intended to use their state’s controversial ‘religious freedom’ law to refuse to cater gay weddings to one of the most well known victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

The former Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association (AFA) made the comments on his FocalPoint show on the AFA Channel online on Monday.

April 8, 2015

Washington woman says $1,001 fine could cost her her home and business

A Christian florist that refused to service a gay wedding has raised nearly $100,000 in donations.

Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington, turned away a gay couple in 2013 'because of her relationship with Jesus Christ.'

Last month, the 70-year old was found guilty of violating the state's anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws and fined $1,000 plus $1 in court fees.

'It’s about freedom, not money,' she wrote in a letter to the state's attorney general after the ruling.

April 7, 2015

Activists are raising money and funds for food for homeless LGBTI kids

Did learning a homophobic family-owned pizzeria has received over $800,000 leave a bad taste in your mouth?

Well some gay activists are hoping to fill it with goodness once again as a campaign has been launched to help raise money for LGBTI homeless kids.

The campaign, called #Pizza4Equality, is hoping to beat the $842,000 given to Indiana restaurant Memories Pizza after the owners said they would use the 'religious freedom' law to turn away LGBTI business.

April 7, 2015

'If I was asked to serve food at an anti-gay marriage rally, I would decline'

A gay woman who donated money to the Indiana pizzeria who refused to cater a same-sex wedding has defended her decision.

Courtney Hoffman was just one of the many thousands of people who donated over $824,000 (€760,000) to the Christian owners of Memories Pizza that was forced to temporarily close its doors over the outrage. She donated $20 (€18).

Writing on the donation page, she said: 'As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean spirited attacks on you and your business.

April 7, 2015

Over 100 tech leaders have signed a joint statement demanding non-discriminations civil rights protections for LGBT people

More than 100 tech leaders in the US have signed a statement calling for nationwide LGBT non-discrimination protections, reports Human Rights Campaign

The statement, printed below, comes in response to the wave of ‘religious freedom’ laws being considered in several states, and the recent passing of such laws in Indiana and Arkansas.

April 7, 2015

In the wake of the ‘current conversations’ taking place across the US with regards to equality in service, the retail giant has co-opted a rainbow into its logo on social media

A recent posting by retailer Target on its Instagram feed has become the corporation’s most liked image on the social media site; it’s an image demonstrating the organization’s support for LGBTI rights.

Last week, in response to ongoing debates around the introduction of religious freedom laws in Indiana, Arkansas and other US states, Target felt moved to make a statement on the issue.

April 6, 2015

'It's important to bring your music to the people that love you'

Don't expect Boy George to refuse to perform in Indiana because of that state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

'I always feel like it's important to bring your music to the people that love you,' he tells Larry King in an interview to air this week.

''So if you're depriving little gay boys and girls of Indiana of your music then that's probably not a good thing to do.'

April 6, 2015

'It's important to bring your music to the people that love you'

Don't expect Boy George to refuse to perform in Indiana because of that state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

'I always feel like it's important to bring your music to the people that love you,' he tells Larry King in an interview to air this week.

''So if you're depriving little gay boys and girls of Indiana of your music then that's probably not a good thing to do.'