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Conservative “news source” Newsmax.com has named the Top 5 Employers in Oklahoma, and you might be surprised — for once, none of them were oil and gas companies.

It turns out Oklahoma thrives in three major areas: military, healthcare and aviation. Tinker Air Force Base nabbed the top spot. Tinker employs “more than 26,000 military and civilian” people in the Oklahoma City area, according to its website.

Coming in at No. 2 was Cimarron Alliance Foundation (CAF). Cimarron Alliance, which recently joined forces with The Equality Network to form Freedom Oklahoma, is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting equality for LGBT individuals in Oklahoma.

This number, however, is hotly debated by experts in the LGBT community, including The Gayly, which said CAF probably only has “two paid employees.” Close! The nonprofit group’s 2013 tax forms, easily available at guidestar.org, show one paid employee and 250 volunteers.

Integris Baptist Medical Center, St Francis Hospital in Tulsa and American Airlines, through its Maintenance & Engineering Center in Tulsa, rounded out the list.

Now we’re just left wondering if Newsmax actually examined the same documents that we did.

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