Apple has cut ties with lobbyist Jay Love from Alabama after learning about his history opposing LGBT equality while serving as the Republican State Representative.
“Jay Love does not work for Apple nor does he do any lobbying on our behalf,” spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said, leaving out why the company isn’t working with him.
According to the Washington Blade, Love was no longer employed by Apple as of last week.
Board chair of Equality Alabama, Ben Cooper, said Apple has hired Greg Jones to take his place.
“It is my understanding that Apple has terminated their contract with Jay Love and has hired Greg Jones,” he said. “I would refer you to Apple for comment on making this decision.”
Over his 10-year career as a state representative, Love opposed same-sex marriage. One of his campaign ads in 2008 said, “Gay Love will stand up to the liberals and right for what’s right. He’ll defend the unborn [and] traditional marriage.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook, also from Alabama, announced he is gay in October and became the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Love stepped down from his legislative role in 2013 and worked as finance chair for the Business Education Alliance which works to connect business interests with the public education system.
Love has yet to comment.