As in Indiana and Arkansas, corporate America now wields clout on social issues

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Los Angeles Times
By Dean Starkman and Andrea Chang
April 1, 2015

Corporate America usually hasn’t viewed hot-button social issues as any of its business.

Then came Indiana.

The controversy over the state’s religious rights measure signed into law last week has been striking for the parade of well-known businesses that not only joined in the opposition to the law but took the lead in voicing their disapproval.

From Apple Inc. in Silicon Valley to Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis, the corporate revolt crossed sectors and regions and is widely seen as crucial in forcing the hasty retreat of many conservative lawmakers both in Indiana and in Arkansas, where a similar bill passed this week now is in limbo.

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