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REPUBLIC SERVICES JOINS ARIZONA BUSINESSES SUPPORTING UNITY PLEDGE

REPUBLIC SERVICES JOINS ARIZONA BUSINESSES SUPPORTING UNITY PLEDGE

PHOENIX (Feb. 10, 2014) – Today, Phoenix-based Republic Services announced it has signed theUNITY Pledge. Created in 2013 by ONE Community, the Pledge gives Arizona businesses and individuals a way to demonstrate support for workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and hospitality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals.  Read more »

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Young Conservatives Group Pressures GOP on Gay Marriage

A new effort is being launched to try to persuade the Republican Party to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage from the party’s platform, a steep climb that would require overcoming social conservatives who have dominated the GOP’s position on the issue.

The effort, called Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, is a project ofFreedom to Marry, which is campaigning to win over Republicans to the issue in hopes of building a broader national consensus in favor of gay marriage rights.

Backers include GOP strategist Margaret Hoover as well as Abby Hunstman and Meghan McCain, both daughters of prominent Republicans. Read more »

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Two Spring Cocktails at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

Two Spring Cocktails at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar – spring 2014 Cocktails

Urban Switchel - A popular early American cooler, it combines molasses, ginger, apple cider vinegar, apple cider and dark rum.

Wayne Curtis, liquor writer and historian: “You can trace vinegar drinks back to the 18th century. The berries and fruits came and went so quickly, that people used vinegar as an acid to preserve them. With the addition of sugar and water, refrigeration-bereft American pioneers had a tart, bracing beverage. Of course, it wasn’t long before someone realized that shrubs made dandy mixers. You threw in some rum or whiskey, and that has a nice effect as well.”

Ingredients: Read more »

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Report: Increasing diversity among business buyers

Report: Increasing diversity among business buyers

Diversity isn’t a word most people would use to describe sellers in today’s business-for-sale market. More often than not, sellers are Caucasian Baby Boomers interested in exiting their careers to enter retirement. In fact, BizBuySell.com’s recent survey of small business buyers and sellers found that 86 percent of owners interested in selling their businesses identify as Caucasian.

But what about the buyers in today’s market? Read more »

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Republican billionaires press House GOP on LGBT rights

Republican billionaires press House GOP on LGBT rights

A couple of Republican-leaning billionaires have kicked off a $2.2 million campaign aimed at pressuring the GOP-led House to pass protections for the LGBT community in the workplace.

Americans for Workplace Opportunity, backed by billionaires Paul Singer and Seth Klarman, is pushing for a Senate-endorsed bill addressing the measure to be passed through the House by the end of 2014, Politico reported.

“We really see this as an important piece of unfinished business  for LGBT workers and people around the country,” said Campbell Spencer, the manager of the campaign, according to Politico. Read more »

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Google, IBM, American Express and American Airlines join forces with Mexico LGBT business expo

This summer Puerto Vallarta opens its shores to some of the world’s most powerful companies, all seeking to promote LGBT diversity in Latin American business.

The beach destination of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, one of the most gay-friendly travel destinations in Latin America, will serve as the backdrop for the 4th International LGBT Business Expo.

From 12 to 14 June, global business leaders and consumers will come together for three days of equality discussions, diversity workshops and networking to bridge gaps between Latin America’s LGBT communities and North American businesses including Google and American Airlines. Read more »

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TODAY: Tenth Circuit to hear argument in Utah marriage case

Today, barely a year after being filed in federal court and just months after a ruling by that court, a challenge to Utah’s ban on marriage equality, Kitchen v. Herbert,will be heard by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Next week, on Thursday, April 17, the same panel will preside over a similar case out of Oklahoma, Bishop v. United States. Read more »

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Anti-Gay Marriage Mozilla CEO Resigns After Backlash

Anti-Gay Marriage Mozilla CEO Resigns After Backlash

Brendan Eich, the newly named CEO of the software firm Mozilla Corporation, resigned from the post after angering gay rights activists and some in the tech industry for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Eich's views on gay marriage came to light in the days following his appointment last week to run Mozilla, best-known for its Firefox browser. News re-emerged of a $1,000 donation he made in 2008 supporting California's Proposition 8, an anti-gay marriage referendum. Read more »

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