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Urban Outfitters

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Another big company, another big opportunity for a conservative CEO to advance his own social agenda. Such was the case of Richard Hayne, 262nd richest man in America and founder of Urban Outfitters with his (now) ex-wife in 1970. A native of Pennsylvania, Hayne was a regular contributor to Senator Rick Santorum (of the frothy mix) and then got his company some bad press when a t-shirt advocating same-sex marriage (completely the Urban Outfitters M.O.) was pulled from shelves in the heat of the Prop 8 campaign.

Since then the company wised-up and teamed with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality California to make pro-marriage equality unisex tees with profits going to support, well, marriage equality. Smart, we said, but still, they only rate a 15 on the HRC Index for their policy of non-discrimination. No benefits for same-sex partners after the t-shirt business? That’s more irritating than a cheap poly-cotton blend.