by James Stewart
Originally published: March 31, 2016
When North Carolina voters were considering a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in 2012, the silence from North Carolina companies was deafening.
“I called the top eight to 10 chief executives in the state, and half wouldn’t even take my call,” recalled Mitchell Gold, the chairman and co-founder of the furniture maker and retail chain Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, which is based in Taylorsville, N.C. “Only a few were willing to say anything.”
And to the dismay of Mr. Mitchell and other gay rights advocates, voters approved the amendment by a margin of 20 percentage points.