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In 1991, in response to a customer complaint, Cracker Barrel fired several gay staffers. The Tennessee-based chain of 165 restaurants later stated that it wouldn’t employ people “whose sexual preferences fail to demonstrate normal heterosexual values.” (Hey, they don’t call it Cracker Barrel for nothing.)

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Vocal on-site protests have brought a lot of negative publicity, but some reports have it that more people are actually patronizing CB in support of its anti-gay policies. Although the policy is not illegal–gays and lesbians aren’t protected from discrimination by any federal law–CB declined to comment.

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