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Tuesday, July 31,2012

From Chick-fil-A to Amazon, Why Companies Take a Stand on Social Issues

Last week, billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie pledged $2.5 million to help pass a referendum on same-sex marriage in Washington State. With the donation, the Bezoses became the largest public financial backers of gay rights in the country — and the liberal answer to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, who made waves two weeks ago when he affirmed his company’s opposition to gay marriage.

But in terms of what they sell, neither Amazon nor Chick-fil-A has anything to do with gay marriage, so why did Bezos and Cathy each enter the political arena by making a statement on a divisive social issue?

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