Apple breaks ties with Alabama lobbyist who opposes same-sex marriage

“Apple has ended its relationship with a lobbyist in Alabama who had a record of opposing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people while serving in the state legislature,” Amanda Terkel reports for The Huffington Post. “Apple recently hired former Alabama state Rep. Jay Love (R) for lobbying work in the state, as first reported by Inside Alabama Politics. As of Tuesday morning, the Alabama Ethics Commission’s list of registered lobbyists still included Love as representing Apple. But Apple, whose CEO Tim Cook is gay and from Alabama, told The Huffington Post that Love is no longer with the company.”

“In 2009, Love gained attention for sponsoring a resolution that praised Miss USA pageant contestant Carrie Prejean for speaking out against same-sex marriage,” Terkel reports. “The year before, while running for Congress, Love aired an ad that touted his position against marriage equality: ‘Jay Love will stand up to the liberals and fight for what’s right. He’ll defend the unborn [and] traditional marriage.'”

“Cook came out as gay in October 2014, becoming the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company,” Terkel reports. “Last year, Cook also donated money to help fund an LGBT equality initiative in his home state and two other southern states. Alabama recently became the 37th state with marriage equality, although some county officials are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

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