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Vermont Artist Wins 3-Year Battle Against Chick-Fil-A for 'Eat More Kale' Trademark: VIDEO

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In 2011 Chick-Fil-A sent a cease and desist order to Bo Muller Moore claiming that the Vermont artist's "Eat More Kale" t-shirts, created to promote local agriculture, infringed upon Chick-Fil-A's slogan "Eat Mor Chikin".

During the David-and-Goliath-esque battle that ensued, Chick-Fil-A's lawyers barraged Muller-Moore with 30 examples of other companies which had faced similar claims against the anti-gay chicken giant, and had turned tail and ran, according to the AP.

Muller-Moore persisted and with the help of social media was soon joined by a number of volunteer lawyers who helped with the litigation. State officials also stood by the artist.

On Friday, outside the Vermont statehouse, Muller-Moore announced that the U.S. Patent Office had granted his application, though he had no idea of the specifics on the decision.

"I'd like to think that maybe some persistence and polite defiance, you know, and proving to them that we were in it for the long haul," he said. "If it took us a decade, we're going to fight for a decade."

Watch a recent documentary clip on Muller-Moore and his battle from Stuck in Vermont,
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And buy an 'Eat More Kale' t-shirt here.

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Hollywood Chick-Fil-A Franchise Holds LGBT Youth Fundraiser - VIDEO

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A Chick-Fil-A franchise in Hollywood, California held a fundraiser last weekend with the national gay youth group Campus Pride to help raise funds to combat bullying, reports LOGO TV.

Chick-Fil-A has faced the wrath of LGBT activists in recent years following the revelation that anti-gay CEO Dan Cathay has been funding homophobic groups and activists including the anti-gay listed hate group Family Research Council. Dancathy

During Saturday’s fundraiser an unspecified percent of sales went to Campus Pride’s campaign to raise money for an anonymous $10,000 matching grant. A table was also set up with pamphlets about Campus Pride and the anti-bullying organization Stand Up Foundation.

Of the event, Campus Pride director Shane Windmeyer said:

“We’re not going to turn away anyone who wants to be an ally and help us fundraise. Activism is dirty work. It’s work that some people don’t always agree on the journey or the past and today we were just trying to be positive, to move forward and to do things that are common ground issues.”

Watch a Young Turks report on Cathy's anti-gay comments, AFTER THE JUMP...

And don't forget to check out the 10 Businesses To Avoid This Holiday Season If You Care About LGBT Rights.

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10 Businesses to Avoid This Holiday Season If You Care About LGBT Rights

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Many LGBT people know they should think twice about putting money in the Salvation Army's red kettles, resist the temptation of waffle fries at Chick-fil-A in the food court, and avoid fueling up at ExxonMobil on the way to grandma's house. 

But even though they may not be as infamously anti-gay, many other major American retailers still aren't coming anywhere close to treating their LGBT employees equally in 2014. With Black Friday just days away, it's time to take a look at where not to spend our estimated $830 billion in annual buying power if we truly care about gay rights. 

The Human Rights Campaign's annual Buying For Workplace Equality guide recommends avoiding any retailer that receives 45 points or less on the Corporate Equality Index, which was released this week. 

"Whether you are buying a cup of coffee or renovating your home, by supporting businesses that support workplace equality you send a powerful message that LGBT inclusion is good for the bottom line," HRC says. 

For a searchable database of all employers in the Corporate Equality Index, go here. Below are 10 retailers LGBT people should avoid based on their record on gay rights. 

 

BedBathBeyond

Bed, Bath and Beyond

HRC Score: 30

Headquarters: Union, N.J. 

 

BrooksBrothers

Brooks Brothers

HRC Score: 0

Headquarters: Enfield, Conn. 

 

Cabelas

Cabela's

HRC Score: 0

Headquarters: Sidney, Neb.

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Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Attacks Tim Cook, Hints At Apple Boycott - LISTEN

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73d7033c4970d-200wiHomophobe Tony Perkins, the leader of listed hate group Family Research Council has taken umbrage with Apple CEO Tim Cook’s decision to come out, reports Good As You.

Last month, Perkins claimed that gay rights are part of a wider "anti-life" agenda to end humanity as we know it.  In February he attacked Disney for featuring a same-sex couple on ‘Good Luck Charlie.’

Although it goes without saying that Perkins and co. will jump on any anti-gay bandwagon, he is less than happy when business leaders take a pro-equality stance. Back in April for example, and with a complete lack of insight, Perkins weighed in on the Chick-Fil-A controversy by claiming that “tolerance is a one-way street for [people who seek equal rights]. What they want to do is force the rest of America not to just to tolerate but to celebrate what they're doing.”

With his finger firmly on the pulse, Perkins says that Cook's announcement has "upset the apple cart" and hints at a potential boycott:

"When companies get involved in cultural battles, every consumer is forced to take part. As conservatives we aren’t looking for businesses to take our side - we just want them to be neutral. Of course, Tim Cook has the right to express his views but consumers have rights too, including the right to respond. As Christians we’re called to be good stewards of god’s money...and apps like 2nd Vote and Faith-Driven Consumer help shoppers do exactly that. Let’s face it, money talks and corporate America is listening.”

Who wouldn't love to see Family Research Council boycott Apple for Christmas?

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Conservative Group at Northwestern Offers Chick-Fil-A At Gay Marriage 'Debate', Infuriates Students

ChickThe Northwestern Law School chapter of the Federalist Society on Monday sent out an invitation to a debate on same-sex marriage that prominently featured food from notorious anti-gay fast-food chain, Chick-fil-a. As Above the Law reports, the Chick-fil-a logo is noticeably the largest item on the invitation, which was sent to the entire school’s listserv, egging on students who support equality. The response to the invite was fast and furious. One student replied,

As tired as I am of having my rights challenged and up for debate, I am all about conversations and discussions. I look forward to the day when this topic is as inappropriate as a panel on the legitimacy of marriage between those of different races, but I’m willing to be patient.

I am all about free market economy and supporting companies that share your values.

Still, I feel like serving Chick-fil-a is an extremely inappropriate and insensitive decision on behalf of the Federalist Society.

I’m disappointed.

Hope your event goes well. I will not be attending.

While another chose to respond satirically,

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Quickly, a coalition of student organizations rallied together in protest of the Federalist Society’s hateful stance, calling on students to wear purple to the event and boycott the “hate chicken” provided:

A coalition of student organizations at Northwestern Law, including OUTLaw, DivCo, ACS, BLSA, LLSA, and NU Dems, highly encourages students to attend tomorrow’s FedSoc function in RB180 on marriage equality. Dialogue and discussion on the marriage equality issue are welcome, especially as the anti-equality movement (as exemplified by the FedSoc’s speaker, Ryan Anderson) continues to find itself in the minority. A pro-equality message, one that Northwestern Law aims to exemplify, should be heard at the event.

Ryan Anderson, mentioned above, was cited by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in his hateful dissent in United States v. Windsor


Chick-fil-A Banned From High School Fundraiser Over CEO's Opposition to Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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A Venture County, California high school has barred a booster club from selling Chick-fil-a sandwiches on campus because of the company's position on gay marriage. 

In the past, the fast food chain's CEO Dan Cathy has made his displeasure with LGBT equality well-known, including saying that America is "inviting God's judgement" by letting gays marry.  

CBS Los Angeles reports:

Ventura High School Principal Val Wyatt told the Ventura County Star that the football booster club could not sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches at Wednesday’s back-to-school night because the restaurant’s beliefs could offend some students and their parents.

“With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus,” Wyatt told the newspaper.

ArriagaEvery principal has the discretion to invite community groups or businesses onto their campuses.

“We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus and all of our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission,” Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga said.

Check out CBSLA's report on the story, including reactions from parents and students on both sides of the issue, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last week, we reported S. Truett Cathy, the Chick-fil-A founder who shaped the fast food chain's corporate culture around his Southern Baptist belifs, had died. 

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