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National Support Gay-Loving Local Independent Business Day today

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Yesterday was National Marriage Equality Day, an effort launched by Atlanta-based Equally Wed magazine to encourage consumers to patronize businesses that support same-sex marriage rights.  The response, originally focused on Starbucks but then expanded, is intended to counter Chick-fil-A and its anti-gay leadership in the wake of CEO Dan Cathy's recent interview where he stated his chicken chain was “guilty as charged” when it came to opposing marriage equality.

The event has garnered national media attention and almost 35,000 checked on Facebook that they planned to participate.

Equally Wed is also sponsoring a photo contest for the best pictures of those participating in National Marriage Equality Day.

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Activists demand Florida Lt. Gov. apologize for anti-gay comment

Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll

Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll made headlines after being caught in a sexually compromising situation with a female travel aide and retorted to reporters asking about the accusation that, "Black women who look like me don't engage in relationships like that."

Atlanta singer and activist Doria Roberts took to Twitter to voice her anger and began a trending hashtag #thisiswhatalesbianlookslike. She also wrote an open letter to Carroll for Huffington Post.

Now, a national petition drive has been started to demand Carroll apologize for her remark by Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida.