NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Pat McCrory Vows To Undo Charlotte’s LGBT Rights Law And All Others In The State

Before the Charlotte City Council even voted to approve its LGBT rights law last night, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had vowed “immediate intervention” if it were to pass. Tonight McCrory and state GOP leaders are moving to make that promise come true and then some. Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed:

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Gov. McCrory said legislators had told him they are planning a bill to block the LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance not only in Charlotte, but also in any other jurisdiction in the state that passed a similar policy.

“As I communicated and predicted prior to the vote, state legislative leaders have notified me about introducing legislation that would correct this misguided government regulation and ensure it will not happen in any town or city in North Carolina,” McCrory said.

“I am disappointed and saddened Charlotte city government initiated overreaching regulations that change basic standards and expectations of privacy regarding restrooms and locker rooms,” he added.

“As governor,” he continued, “I will support legislative action to address this regulation and will remain committed to protecting the privacy and safety of all men, women and children of all ages in North Carolina. My position is consistent with challenging government overreach by the federal, state and now a local government.”

Holden makes a critical point about these so-called “bathroom bills”:

There are no documented cases in the 17 states and 225 other cities with such laws on the books of people using the policies for nefarious purposes, but the bathroom attack has been a potent argument for blocking and repealing LGBT nondiscrimination laws.

  • NancyP

    JMG always chooses the BEST photos of the smarmy politicians.

    • Good Shot Green

      I like his glasses. Anyone know who’s the designer?

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Satan….. Seriously I think they are Flexon.

        • Good Shot Green

          That looks right.

    • Dale

      Especially the over 50 male crowd with not one gay hair to display = christian.

  • Justin

    Oooooo! He’s doing Blue Steel. Has he cleared this with Derek?

  • Michael Smith

    McCrory added “And your little dog too!”

  • CPT_Doom

    Didn’t the rabbi Jesus of Nazareth say something like “do unto others as you would have them do unto you?” If so, and if McCrory really does believe that rabbi was divine, I guess that means we can spread unsubstantiated rumors about the threat he poses to all innocent women and children?

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      He appears to pose an imminent threat to all lemons and limes.
      What a sour puss on his bitter face.

      • Paula

        You’d look like that too, if you had hemorrhoids.

        • BlueberriesForMe

          I can’t remember if it was you or Rebecca who said (yesterday I think):

          “Where will you be when your laxitive starts working?”

          • Paula

            Me.

    • Duane Dimitrov

      And wasn’t the GOP the party of “freedom” and “small government”?

      Oh, that’s right, all that “freedom” and “small government” talk is just bullshit designed to distract from the fact that they’re a party of authoritarian white nationalist bigots!

      My bad! I forget the cardinal rule of American politics: “Never believe a word a Republican says and, in fact, assume the opposite is true.”

  • bkmn

    Way beyond time for a national non-discrimination law.

    • Duane Dimitrov

      It’s a good 10-20 years away.

      Why?

      Look at the 60+ crowd: They simply cannot think of gays as anything other than dirty and gross.

      I’m relatively young (mid 30s), but my parents are quite old (late 70s) and they simply cannot imagine me as anything other than some disease-ridden, drug-taking criminal. With various mental problems to boot.

      This is their view despite the fact that I am a successful professional with multiple postgraduate degrees who’s been in only stable, long term relationships.

      So…a national antidiscrimination law? Will not happen til the Olds die off, because they sure as HELL aren’t changing their minds.

      • Rocco Gibraltar

        I disagree, Duane. Once I came out to my family, almost all changed their minds about biases they had. Many even questioned their religious tenets. I cannot convince anyone by reason to accept me. But I can ask those that love me to think when they vote about how it affects others.

        • Duane Dimitrov

          Personal anecdotes don’t really count. Perhaps mine was ill-advised.

          Anti-gay sentiment is cloistered amongst the Olds of America. And the religious, and there is significant overlap between the two.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            “Personal anecdotes don’t really count.”

            Disagree; I think they matter a lot. And, to a large degree, personal interactions with LGBTQ people are what is changing the tide of public opinion, imo

          • Duane Dimitrov

            In the aggregate! That’s when they become statistically significant.

            In isolation they’re useless.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            The only way to tell ’em is one at a time ;}

          • BlueberriesForMe

            Personal anecdotes and exchanges really counted in the campaigns in Maine, Washington, Minnesota, and Maryland.
            Granted, none of those are Southern states – but the personal stories and getting people to hear them made a winning contribution.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            Agreed.

            Rhetoric matters in elections! So true! And those stories are quite definitely a “frame” from which rhetoric is hung!

            But, that said, the age group most opposed to LGBT rights IS old people. And these people aren’t changing their minds for any reason.

            I mean, the most cohesive understanding of today’s GOP is as the “anti-change” party. And their constituency? It’s old white people! The party has literally tailored it’s rhetoric and platform around the idea of rolling back 50+ years of social progress.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          ^^^^^This x ten million!

        • Christopher Smith

          No. Duane Dimitrov is quite correct. The irrational bigotry and hatred of the over-60 crowd is not negotiable in any way. Look at the Rethugs who control Congress. What do you think their average age is? *shudder*

        • Gerry Fisher

          I don’t think that one person is right and the other is wrong. On a family-by-family basis, coming out is vital and makes a huge difference. Statistically, Duane is correct about how the greatest generation (and late Boomers) tend to vote.

      • safari2bongaloo

        I don’t know. My 84 year old grandmother went to a distant cousin’s lesbian baby shower. It probably helps that she has two gay grandchildren, but most people understand love. Gender is more difficult, but we’ve only recently put trans people in the spotlight as honest and true human beings.

        • Duane Dimitrov

          Bullshit.

          Great for your aunt, assuming she isn’t quietly judging the mothers’ based on her primitive prejudices.

          Anti-gay sentiment in America is sequestered to the Olds, who refuse to bow to progress and who frankly cannot die fast enough, and the religious, who are morons who believe there actually is an Angry Sky God watching over all of us.

          And, of course, there is significant overlap between the Olds and religious morons in the country.

          • Tigernan Quinn

            Boy, you sure have a lot to say about what other people have to say.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            I do!

      • Chucktech

        Good god, how awful for you. At least you don’t have to feign niceties around the Thanksgiving table.

        • Duane Dimitrov

          Lol. Indeed I don’t! And it’s a blessing.

          I hate turkey.

          • Octavio

            The turkeys feel the same way about you, dear. 🙂

          • Duane Dimitrov

            Indeed. For I would brine them in salt, coat them in batter, and deep fry them in a large deep fryer.

            Then smother them in gravy and add a side of cranberry sauce.

            Wait! I think I just found our solution to what to do with elderly voters who vote against our civil rights!

            Let’s call it “Duane’s Modest Proposal”.

          • MDB

            How bout’ we barbeque you….nekkid, and feast on yore ass.

          • Octavio

            Chimi churri is very popular as a condiment these days. 🙂

          • Duane Dimitrov

            What is chimichurri?

          • Octavio

            It’s a green somewhat grassy tasting sauce used for dressing grilled meats. Argentines are addicted to it.

      • Octavio

        Yo. Duane. Everyone I know fought for and Equal Rights Amendment. The addition of just this to the Constitution:

        “Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

        Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

        Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.”

        And it was on its way to passing handily until one woman and her group of christofascit hags, Phyllis Schlafly and her Eagle Forum minions, did a media blitz claiming that communists would show up and eat everyone’s children.

        It’s not every one who is 60 and older. It’s still the same fucking shit heads who showed up in mass at Charlotte NC city council meeting last night braying their bible an jeebuzz filth.

        • Duane Dimitrov

          Octavio, I wasn’t saying EVERYONE who is 60-ish plus.

          But anti-gay sentiment IS concentrated in the older generations, and they are not changing their minds. Period.

          • Octavio

            Well, we’ll just have to die off I guess.

          • Jimmie Z

            Don’t you dare get any ideas of going ANYWHERE, young man.
            I’ll tell El Squeeze!

          • Tigernan Quinn

            Were you under the impression that you were immortal?

          • Octavio

            Hardly. “Oh, death! Where is they sting?” 🙂

          • Ric Kelley

            I remember reading that book in high school!

          • Octavio

            Wha . . .? You went to a bible high school? 🙂

          • MDB

            IKR? These guldarn young whipper-snappers.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            Not you personally. Jesus.

          • MDB

            Sorry, Jesus already died once.
            Once was quite enough.
            Look at all the tom-fool heebeejeebee commotion that caused.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            Worst thing to happen to the West. Ever.

            I’m reminded of the Family Guy episode where Stewie builds a time machine and keeps fucking up the timeline. He and Brian go to a social utopian timeline and can’t figure out what has changed to make things so nice…until Brian says, “Oh! Right! This is the timeline where Christianity wasn’t invented!”

          • MDB

            Well your quite welcome to your personal views and opinions. I have my own educated and (according to Bill Perdue) “loony” ideas and beliefs which work for ME just okley-dokley. A mind IS a terrible thing to waste.

            Everyone should have at least ONE valid opinion.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            Oh, Angry Sky God.

          • MDB

            Quite the exact opposite if you wish to know.
            See you’re already assuming without knowing.
            The advantage of age – patience and wisdom.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            And senility.

            That’s my future (present?).

          • MDB

            Ouch??

            Geesh you are on a opinionated roll tonight.
            Care for a little horseradish for your sharp tongue ??

            Bill Perdue, Jr. is that YOU ???

          • Duane Dimitrov

            Tonight? I’m always this way.

          • MDB

            At least you are using your brain for something other than a place to put a tin-foil hat like the fundies or Glenn Beck.
            Good on ya, Duane.

            * I HATE horseradish. My abuser ate horseradish. One of the free gifts of childhood.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            And I love horseradish.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            Mmmmmmmmmmm…horseradish.

          • DaveW

            “Valid” agree. Fairy tale not valid. Crazy, immature, lazy, stupid, sure. Valid? Proof is in “it works for me”. Truth doesn’t?

            Educated by brainwashers you do realize?

          • MDB

            Two college degrees and a lifetime of practice and performance of the world’s great classical music composed by those lazy slackers like Bach, Handel, Mozart, Langlais, D’aquin, Purcell, Parry, Tallis, Mendelssohn, Barber, Tavener, etc.
            Yep, educated by dumbass “brainwashers.” You’re too hilarious.

            I guess I was just too damned lazy to get a REAL education.

            Oh yeah and Dave , go play in the fucking freeway. They could use the entertainment.

          • Christopher Smith

            FOUR degrees and a lifetime of performance and COACHING of the world’s great Western art music composers (even your terminology is imbecilically incorrect!) and I have no trouble seeing what a cretinous troll you are. Was there any purpose but shit-stirring in your attempts to be ‘cute’? No, I didn’t think so.

          • MDB

            Who pissed in your Cornflakes ? No one was insulting YOUR education, abilities, talents or character.
            Your little uninvited drive-by disparagement is quite unattractive.

            Geesh.

          • Christopher Smith

            Who defecated in your grits? Your little uninvited drive-by trolleries are quite repulsive.
            JaHAYzuss.

          • Robincho

            Seth MacFarlane is a capital-A atheist. The wonder is that it doesn’t show more frequently…

          • Duane Dimitrov

            I know! His comedy is getting a bit stale, but still love him.

          • Chris Baker

            People over 60 grew up in an era when gays were in the closet, portrayed as creepy, disturbed, lurking-in-the-shadows, preying-on-children pedophiles. It’s hard for them to change their minds.

            Today, many people probably knew a gay person or two in school. Their are popular, gay celebrities. Some midsize Church denominations are accepting gays. Gay CEOs and politicians. Diversity groups at schools and businesses. Charlotte’s gay pride event last year was huge, taking up half of the downtown Main Street. (I walked around for a couple hours and saw maybe 2 dozen or fewer protesters, out of thousands.).

            The mind set is changing.

          • Duane Dimitrov

            Chris, that’s exactly my point.

            That crowd refuses to change their minds, because that would mean that, rather than the holders of America’s moral soul, they’re actually just a bunch of vile bigots.

            And who wants to be a bigot?

        • Chris Baker

          If I remember correctly, “bathrooms” was also an argument against the ERA. I was young, but I remember hearing the argument that the ERA could end segregated bathrooms.

          • Octavio

            I remember how smoothly states were passing it. It seemed such a slam dunk. Then Schlafley happened. How it is that woman was never taken out for her hate speech is beyond me. We weren’t so politically correct in 1978. It would have been a no brainer.

      • Jimmie Z

        I’m in the 60+ group. I never thought I’d live to see (gay) marriage. My hope is that — similar to climate change — changes will now come more swiftly than you can imagine.

        • Duane Dimitrov

          I’m 36! And I never thought I’d see it!

      • bkmn

        It can happen next year if we work our butts off and get a Democratic majority in both houses.*

        *Assuming the Democratic party doesn’t spend too much time, money or effort getting Blue Dogs elected.

        • Duane Dimitrov

          No, it can’t.

          The House is gerrymandered to all fuck.

          • MDB

            Then it’s up to you impertinent young whipper-snappers to change that !!
            Guldernit.
            Now – GET.OFF.MY.LAWN !!!

          • Duane Dimitrov

            Bob Dole? Is that you?

          • MDB

            Bob’s not here, man.

      • BobSF_94117

        The problem isn’t the elderly. It’s the GOP. They’ve been the problem since the late 70s.

        • Duane Dimitrov

          And who are there supporters? Who are Fox News’ viewers?

      • Gerry Fisher

        ’tis happening. I attended two funerals of folks in that generation last year. (For the sake of clarity, one of them, my aunt, being a very trustworthy Democrat and LGBT ally. RIP, Aunt Claire!)

    • Octavio

      The passing of the ERA in 1977 would have made all of this shit moot.

      • bkmn

        Yes, if fully inclusive.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Still hard to believe that didn’t pass; it seemed so “common sense” and rational and all

      • Richard, another Canuck

        America’s Constitution is more modern than it’s populace. Look at education levels. Usually the more educated, the more liberal the thinking and ability to get along in a modern society.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Yep. We’ve been polling at over 50% on this issue for a long, long time, now.

  • Brad Lathem

    Somewhere in Heaven, Jesus is smiling; his followers are doing his will, oppressing marginalized people in his name.

    Oh wait a second, no he’s not – that’s a ridiculous fairy tale. But the human toll is real!

    • Chucktech

      If any true christian had the temerity to say that to me, I’d tell them Jesus should get off His crucified, dead ass and do His own damned Will.

  • Sengeal

    At this point, we either come up with an effective counter-argument to this Bathroom Bill nonsense or we put a moratorium on passing “t” protections. We’re going to end up losing all “l, g, b” protections before this is over. I’m tired of t’s saying they’re being thrown under the bus when, beginning with Houston, we are all being thrown under the bus by including them. Society does not understand transgender issues yet and these laws to let them use the bathroom of their choice are inciting panic.

    • NZArtist

      … and blacks. If it weren’t for them you’d have had all your privileges decades ago. And women – should stop trying to get equal pay for women until all gay people have equal pay. Also, the damned Mexicans – I hate them just because. So long as *I’m* protected I’m happy, and that’s the important thing after all.
      I’m *so* with you!

    • Why stop there? Why not just support only those protections and civil rights which affect ONLY you personally?

      Selfish git.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Would you like to dump the poor as well since they drag the 1% percent LGB down with their pauper cooties.

    • NZArtist

      Do you understand that the objections to Trans* rights are just a convenient smokescreen for the crazy religious objections to *anything* gay-friendly? If you removed Trans* projections, they’d stonewall you on something else.
      If you remove transgender protections from equality bills, they *still* wont pass, and you’ll have alienated some of your best allies in the fight for equality.
      So stop blaming people who aren’t like you, and start blaming the crazy-assed lawmakers and religious whackos who are the real reason gay rights are so slow in progressing.
      Direct your anger at those deserving of your anger, rather than at the nearest convenient ‘other’.

  • Dagoril

    And “small government” strikes again.

  • MoeLarryAndJesus

    He looks like he has a mouthful of habanero santorum.

  • Cuberly

    “I am disappointed and saddened Charlotte city government initiated overreaching regulations …..”

    http://livedoor.4.blogimg.jp/fromdistant/imgs/7/e/7e478ca9.gif

    WHAT!?!?!1/1!?1/1!?!?!?!!!

    The party that wants to net, radio-tag, and monitor every woman’s uterus decrying OVER. FUCKING, REACH?

    Fuck you McCrory, you spray tanned butt gobbler.

    • Good Shot Green

      Republicans are kings of hypocrisy.

      [I’ll always upvote a Coming to America gif. How I love that movie.]

      • Cuberly

        That is a great movie idnit.

        GOPers for small gov, as believable as their claim to lurve lurve balanced budgets.

        • Good Shot Green

          Eddie Murphy’s best movie, if you ask me.

          GOPers for marriage except for their multiple divorces. A Republican governor runs off to South America with his mistress? Let’s vote him into Congress!

          • Cuberly

            Cruzy does underhanded campaign bullshit, some of it pretty egregious, and PRAISE THE LAWD!

            Yeah this list could go on and on and on….

          • Good Shot Green

            A Republican Senator with a diaper fetish frequents prostitutes? Yes we’ll re-elect him. And on and on…

          • Cuberly

            Ya gotta admit though, the fact the Dem that ran against diaper vitter going all pitbull on his ass was a welcome development.

          • Good Shot Green

            If only there were more Dems like that. I’ve been a Dem since my 18th birthday in 1992 and I always bitch about the party’s spinelessness. Gore meekly concedes. Howard Dean shows some passion and he’s excommunicated. Why? Democratic values are American values. I just don’t understand why the party is so timid.

          • Robincho

            It wasn’t South America, it was the Appalachian Trail. How can you level these scurrilous insults and still manage to live with yourself? jeez… /s

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      • Bryan

        [And I’ll always upvote a good spit-take!]

    • Gerry Fisher

      The recipe needs just the right amount of insult for the cake to rise properly.

  • Bill T.

    Somebody needs to cockpunch that pickle-pussed punk.

  • Robert Conner

    But McCrory not upset about this same-sex incident.

  • Paula

    I can solve the bathroom problem… Require every building to have multiple, multiple single user bathrooms. Instead of one large multi-user bathroom, have them put in 15 single user. And tell them they have to pay for it.

    • Sam_Handwich

      we’ll make MEXICO pay for it!

      • Paula

        Donald, is that you?

        • Sam_Handwich

          It’ll be magnificent, solid gold toilets, the best restrooms ever and CHINA will pay for it!

          • Paula

            O.K. but, the ratio has to be 3 women’s restrooms for every 1 men’s restroom. I am tired of waiting in line.

          • Octavio

            I served on an art council board for the rehabilitation of a beautiful Orpheum vaudeville theatre out here in the wild and woolly west. As we poured over the architectural plans I recommended that maybe they should add more restrooms with more toilets and bidets. The rehab plans only included updating the originals rest rooms. The governor’s advisors told us “no.” Of course, there were 12 urinals to every women’s toilet. I was asked to “resign” from the board on this very issue. Three years after the rehabilitated theatre opened they closed for a $4 million dollar retrofit of a bunch of restrooms with toilets and bidets for the wimmins. Stupid shit ass mormon architects just didn’t see the need for more places to pee for women in a 2,500 seat theatre that the original two restrooms. Of course, in 1890 women never used public restrooms except to smoke opium because Jeebuzz didn’t approve. Again, fuck wad mormon architects. 🙂

          • Paula

            Yeah, I don’t think that I could ever make use of a urinal. I am not that limber anymore.

          • Octavio

            😀

          • Paula

            I could probably plop my fat ass over a sink but that’s all.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            One of my Mom’s favorite stories was about how she went into a public Women’s Room in USSR that was so dirty, a woman was sitting there on the sink peeing (when she and my grandparents visited there c.1960)

          • Richard, another Canuck

            There are certain attachments for women who wish to pee standing up alongside the guys.

          • Paula

            I don’t know if I want that equal.

          • Richard, another Canuck

            I agree with you there Paula, and have to confess that there are times I just like the privacy of a stall where no one views your business.

          • Paula

            When I dry my twattie off, nobody needs to be looking.
            I’m just saying.

          • fuzzybits

            I don’t envy though because I dread if I have to sit on a public toilet. I’ll hold it if I can otherwise it’s layering the seat with toilet paper.

          • David Walker

            When I was the arts producer at the radio station, I covered the grand opening of the two renovated theaters in York. Both were movie theaters, but one became a performing arts theater, the other became a better-equipped movie theater with a serviceable stage. The theaters were side-by-side with a store between them. The store was bought and became a reception area. The ED insisted that I poke my head into the women’s room. I gave her a questioning look. She went in to make sure no one was in there, came back, and told me to go in. 30–count ’em–30 stalls, two long sink areas with perfect lighting, and several comfy chairs. It is not the only women’s room…both theaters remodeled the existing rooms and the men’s were modernized and expanded a bit, but the reception area is always open for all performances (live AND film) and the women of York are highly satisfied.

          • Chucktech

            Bidets?? In a public restroom?

            Americans wouldn’t know what a bidet was (let alone how to use one) if one came up to them and sprayed water on their butts.

          • Octavio

            Well, not the great unwashed men of the USA. But women seem to instinctively understand their use. You’ll notice my recommendation (and the eventual retrofit) was about adding bidets to women’s restrooms. They actually more common than you would think in many places in the West. The old Mizpah Hotel
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/626a43243f595892b8dd4be1ab56c657c9cc74a3c31208e636152d32e713b296.jpg
            for example (sadly, it closed a few years ago). 🙂

          • Chucktech

            Huh! Well, I would totally use a bidet if I had one in my home.

          • Octavio

            A clean but is a happy butt. 🙂

          • Chucktech

            I’d feel so… fresh!

          • Jimmie Z

            Why did you accede to their request you resign?
            Should have made them drag you out, kicking and screaming!

          • Jimmie Z

            Yea. 3 guys can pee into one at the same time. Bro-building!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I’m all for bromance

          • Richard, another Canuck

            We’ll all be waiting in the same line. It’ll be fun.

          • Paula

            Bonding time!! YAY!!

          • Richard, another Canuck

            I’m surprised that the haters are not suggesting dividing up the stock of rest rooms into LGBT and strait, they hate us so much.

          • Paula

            It wouldn’t surprise me if they did. They are truly hateful and pathetic.

          • DaveW

            I seriously don’t understand why we have gender segregation in bathrooms. We didn’t in college. There were stalls, no urinals. But, you could have an area separate from the stalls just for those that can per vertically. Who cares if some acrobatic woman gives it a go?

            Maybe these men are against it for the cold water it throws on looking at the penis next to you?

            In the Netherlands I always smile when the young lady starts scrubbing the urinal next to me. No shame, doing a needed job.

            This would really help young people avoid their parents installing fear of your “privates”

            All gender neutral multi person bathrooms could actually
            Help us get over our silly fear of penises and gashes!

          • Canadian Observer

            those toilets better be huuuuuuuge!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            hahahahaha–China already owns it all!

          • fuzzybits

            A slot machine in every stall!

    • Good Shot Green

      Men’s, Ladies, and unisex. Solved.

    • Stev84

      No need even. Women’s bathrooms already have only stalls. Men’s bathrooms also have some. Urinals can be done away entirely.

  • Octavio

    I was waiting for this.

  • Why do they hate us so much? Seriously. Their hate does not make any sense. Why do we have to be the object of hate for Republicans?

    • Ninja0980

      Jeebus

    • Cackalaquiano

      These mentally diseased people HAVE to scapegoat someone. Their God is a mean, vindictive, legalistic deity, nothing like the “unconditionally loving” God others believe in. I think that makes all the difference in their worldview.

      • Craig Howell

        In the immortal words of St. Ayn Rand: “May the god you invented forgive you!”

    • Neo-fascist demagoguery requires some ‘other’ to fear and hate. The Republicans have decided to go after everyone who isn’t straight, white, Christian, conservative and preferably male. Those with money get more rights and privileges than all others.

      • Paige Turner

        Well said.

      • Homo Erectus

        And they still have to be the right kind of christian.

    • Mark

      Because all they can think about is the sex. That’s it and it’s icky.

      • David Walker

        And, for whatever reason, them having the sex. Who asked them? I can honestly say that my fantasies never go to straight sex. (No offense intended, women persons.) They keep thinking about it and objecting to it and, really, who asked them? Fuck them…in the cursing sense, certainly not in the desirous sense.

    • Paige Turner

      I hear you Eddi. It gets to me as well. There are times that I have to step away from JMG and other sites because as much as I love the community here, there is only so much nonsense that you can handle from the right wingers and their hate.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Agree–there is definitely a risk of disproportionate oversaturation (if that is even a thing)

    • Homo Erectus

      ‘Cuz we have icky butt secks and lust after their wimmin.

  • David Walker

    I keep thinking what that councilwoman said last night. I paraphrase, but the upshot was, “If this were your church and I was a visitor, from what I’ve seen and heard tonight, I’d never come back.”

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I’m taking my ball and going home.

    Hateful, bigoted, asshole, ignorant, troglodyte, fucks have all been perfectly represented by Eric Cartman.

    https://youtu.be/y3khTaA1rK8

    • johncAtl

      Where will you get home improvement products now? Home Depot based in Georgia. Lowes in NC.

      I guess it’ll be Ace Hardware. Based in Illlinois. The stores have people that are actually helpful. And your gay dollars will piss off Porno Pete.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        I actually like Ace Hardware and OSH. I go to those two place way more than the Home Depots and Lowes. Just finding things in those big places drives me nuts.

        • johncAtl

          Good news. You can keep the Mercedes, although I like my BMW X3 better.

          Mercedes is now on the Georgia Prospers list. Apparently you are very powerful with your tweets and I will make sure to never anger you!

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • Canadian Observer

    I can guess what his response would be if a superior level of government (federal) were to threaten to quash any of his state’s legislation. [I think this is the point where I should insert an image of a mushroom cloud from a nuclear weapon test]

    Of course my POV is that of an outsider (damn foreigner…), but I find few things more disturbing than the ongoing trend being reported of intermediate levels of government trying to prevent lower ones from extending equal rights protections to more classes. It is not as if these lower jurisdictions were trying to unilaterally amend criminal law. It is a truly shameful exercise in bullying. I think your Founding Fathers used to call it tyranny.

    • JTC

      In Alabama city officials in Birmingham have planned to set a local minimum wage, but the AL state house passed a bill which forbids cities and counties from doing that, and the senate is expected to pass it soon as well. I agree, this trend is quite disturbing and is especially rich coming from the Republicans who balk about “states rights”, but it’s just par for the course for these motherfuckers.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Thx for playing Canadian Observer!–that is a good point about putting yourself in his shoes.

      But this case has been decided already by the US Supreme Court. North Carolina will get bitch-slapped in federal court if they try this stuff

  • Brad Lathem

    Another GOP governor wants to be the new George Wallace. *Yawn* Get in line, Pat.

  • dcurlee

    Can we say Ass of the day

  • RainbowPhoenix

    I sense another Romer v Evans.

    • Sam_Handwich

      that’s exactly what the legislative intent will be, but they will not word it so explicitly

      • Octavio

        But unequal protection of classes is a Republican family value. How can we not just give up and realize they are right? Tsk, tsk. /s

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Doesn’t matter how they word it anymore–it is patently obvious

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    Cuz democracy.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I am beginning to wonder why gay people are still required to pay taxes if they are not afforded the same rights as straight people. In states where this nonsense is being passed, can a class action suit be brought and taxes owed to the state go into a fund until all have the same civil rights?

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I think women in states that make getting an abortion insanely difficult while making it just as hard to get help feeding resultant kids should do the same.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Excellent point. In fact, all those that are pro choice should consider it.

  • Jim Maloney

    Another big government Republican butting in.

  • Republicans: Steadfast belief in government big enough to examine everybody’s junk before anyone is allowed to use a restroom.

    • David Walker

      Think of it as job creation.

  • Mike C

    Party of limited government.

  • ByronK

    Maybe Pat should get together with Mitch M and have a power top jerk off to see who’s better at giving democracy a pearl necklace after they’ve Cosby’d it.

  • JT

    Fuck that fucking motherfucker!

  • TexasBoy

    North Carolina now waves goodbye to most conventions and some tourism, and any expansions of any Tech companies that may be in the state.

    • safari2bongaloo

      But I was told by the haters that this bill passing would cause economic losses…

      • Octavio

        It wouldn’t. But creating unequal protections for different classes will most definitely create economic problems. Several large corporations have already announced they will be leaving North Carolina just because of the nastiness shown by the bigots who addressed the Charlotte city council. Can’t remember off hand the two companies who said they are leaving (I believe one is a security company) but I did read it in the main stream news yesterday.

    • TrollopeReader

      Bank of America is HQd in Charlotte … hmmmm…… that’s a tad of big dough ….

      • TrollopeReader

        and taking back laws ….well, time for Duke, and the RDU “Research Triangle” to get hopping …

  • safari2bongaloo

    Someone’s sucking on lemons.

  • Steverino

    Boy, these asshole Republican politicians are sure in a pre-emptive mood lately. First, the president’s duty to nominate a Supreme Court justice, and now, this.

    I suppose if they can’t have the one-party, one-ideology, one-theology government they wet dream of, they are going to try to force it while they have the chance, and hope they can get away with it… For awhile, until they are swatted down, anyway.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Republicans are pretty close to the one-party government they want. They’re in firm control of both houses of congress, a big chunk of the federal courts, a majority of state governorships, and a majority of state legislatures. If they win the presidency this year they’ll have complete domination.

      • Steverino

        Aren’t one-party governments wonderful? Nazi Party, Communist Party, Fascist Party, Republican (Oligarchy) Party…

        Yeah, and we know how they all end: either with a bang, or a whimper.

        • Vista-Cruiser

          Eventually, yes. But a lot of people can get hurt or killed until then.

  • Alan43

    Perhaps he’s still upset about having to share a restroom with racial minorities, and feels less than generous right now….

    • Octavio

      Well, he does have a small penis . . . so . . . .

  • Governor: Pat McCrory
    Gender: Weasel von Fuckface.

    • Paula

      I thought that was his safe word?

      • That would be a dangerous choice of phrase for someone whose drawstring is pulled so obviously tight…

  • it’s intellectually lazy, but at this point i don’t really care. the primary problem with rethugs is and has been for many years PROJECTION.

    i don’t have any bathroom-kinky friends, let alone any who are into i-don’t-know-what kind about kids and trans and public pee room fantasies, ick. the closest lesbian liberal black radical fantasy i can think of is locking up all the high ranking winger billionaires and pols and forcing them to learn knitting and organic gardening in a life sentence solitary unit. maybe making them write about their feelings all the time, and then confess them in group 4x/wk.

    i can’t even type the full list, it’s so gross. bathroom panic. xtians eaten by lions panic. satanists in every courtroom. naked wiccans teaching children why a gluten free diet might be healthy, or not. goatmilk. these are the things they worry about, when they aren’t raping their own children, beating their wives and boyfriends, stealing from the commonweal, and/or lying.

    this is why they always accuse us of such things. they can’t imagine the world where everyone isn’t like them all the time.

    • DaveW

      I have a neighbor obsessed with his propert lines. Obsessed! Little strings up, complains about real estate signs (we have a significant amount of shared space like the road in that he thinks is his). Speaking of projection, we just caught him having built a greenhouse in the woods just OVER his line. The woman aggrieved is suing him-he actually thinks it’s ok because she didn’t notice right away

      People complaining about ridiculous stuff are nearly always doing or wanting to do that stuff.

  • Ninja0980

    For those who sat out in 2010, 2014 and will do so this year, you do in fact condone crap like this.

    • David Walker

      Condone? More like promote and enable.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Exactly.

      Yes, what the Republicans are doing in North Carolina is horrible, but it was also entirely foreseeable. Most of this could have been prevented had Democratic-leaning residents of North Carolina bothered to vote back in 2010 and 2014.

      • Ninja0980

        2010 was the killer.
        Republicans got to control redistricting and have more or less ensured Democrats will be out of power until 2022 when the maps can be redrawn.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Bring it motherfucker!

    Hope your State has a surplus to pay its attorneys’ fees + those of your winning opponents

  • so the question is how broad will their legislation be? they like to focus in on the bathroom component but i would bet they they will go after the protections on the basis of sexual orientation as well.

  • bsinps

    If McCoy gets his bill passed I for one will never take a flight again that go through Charlotte on my way to parts of Europe. I be dammed if my flight charges will taxed airport fees that help the city of Charlotte. Nor wold I ever visit Charlotte or any other city or state that anti-LGBT. Screw these places!

    • Robincho

      Steer clear of Bank of Amurka also, which is world-headquartered there…

    • DaveW

      Good for you. I go for work at times. Horrible little “city”. Awful chain restaurants and the gays all seem
      Scared. Luckily living in mass we go direct from Boston to the world (except China, JFK
      Or DTW for there). not Charlotte! USScare-they are worse than united.

  • Hank

    Bigotry in its prime!!!

  • Remove the religious ‘rights’ like tax exemption and the ability to create barely-regulated schools.

    • Craig Howell

      And barely-regulated religious schools that get funded by taxpayer-financed vouchers.

  • bob

    After that circus last night , this comes as no surprise. He can gather up all those nuts and have them speak again.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Because small government.

  • Macbill

    People’s pee is precious.

    • Homo Erectus

      Every splash is sacred.

  • BudClark

    I was born there; I’ll NEVER go back there. Pastafarius BLESS the State of California!

  • MDB

    As Scott Bishop from the HRC said last night (paraphrased): Deviants are not lurking in the shadows just waiting for legislation like the NDO, before they commit their heinous and perverted acts.

  • swirl

    Don’t Republicans always harp on how the more local the government the better it is?

    • Stev84

      Until it isn’t. Another example is banning bans on fracking

  • Homo Erectus
  • BobSF_94117

    Refreshing for him to publicly announce his motivation. That’ll come in handy at trial.

  • justmeeeee

    Now that is one pissed off redneck!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    The title should say North Carolina instead of North Carolin.

    • TrollopeReader

      eh … no loss.

  • fuzzybits
  • David in Tucson

    What vicious, despicable people these are. If that’s what their religious and social beliefs require, may they rot in the hell that they create for themselves.

  • teeveedub

    OK, JMG legal minds: a question. Hasn’t this issue been dealt with up to and including the Supreme Court in Romer v. Evans? I lived through the Amendment 2 fight in Colorado and the SCOTUS decision was that states were not empowered to repeal local non-discrimination ordinances. What am I missing here? Or, perhaps more accurately, what are McCrory and his cronies missing?

    • Xuuths

      It will take someone with standing in this jurisdiction to file a lawsuit. They’ll have to be willing to take an incredible amount of abuse at the hands of these nuts.

    • Beagle

      Some of this involves my memories of law school classes 30 years ago, so I may be getting some of this wrong. But here goes….

      Amendment 2 expressly targeted ordinances that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. And the Romer court held that Amendment 2 placed special burdens on LGBT persons specifically. Nothing in Amendment 2 would have touched ordinances prohibiting discrimination on other bases — say, military service.

      The new laws, such as McCrory is talking about, are trying to get around Romer by prohibiting ALL such ordinances. I think their reasoning is that, by not singling anyone out, they get around Romer. The catch (and here’s the part where I’m relying on 30-year-old memories) is that the Supremes have looked at a similar question. The state law contained neutral language. But when the law was passed, the legislators made it clear that the intent was race-based. The Supremes held that the racist motivation at the time of passage made the law unconstitutional.

      (Aha, I was right — http://www.nytimes.com/1985/04/17/us/justices-reject-alabama-law-designed-to-bar-black-voting.html explains in non-legalese.)

  • Baby Dave

    The GOP is driven largely by older conservatives. Once they’re dead, this party will be too. The younger generation is growing up watching the GOP equate itself with homophobia, racism and sexism. For much the same reason that churches are looking at their emptying pews with a sense of impending doom, the Republican Party is facing extinction.

    • Randy503

      Can’t happen soon enough.

  • Dale

    Go for it, christian asswipe.

  • Dale

    it obviously needs more donations for its christian asswipe hair dye.

  • Jeepftw87

    Take state of North Carolina to court to declare that state ban on anti-gay discrimination as unconstitutional under 1996 ruling – Romer v. Evans.

  • Dale

    No neck belongs with these fat christian pigs:

    http://www.joemygod.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/cryingWhiteJesus.jpg

    • Robert Conner

      Grovel, grovel.

  • Hank

    McCrory’s HYPOCRISY ….. READ the Charlotte Observer’s perspective!!!

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article61814002.html

  • Mike_Martinez

    One of the things that SCOTUS uses to decide if a law is unconstitutional iss under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment is, does the law create a “suspect class” that is discriminated against. Singling one group or one minority means the law will have to be invalidated. These governors and legislatures know this. This is a ploy to use the overturning of the laws to hold on to power by the use of fear and hate. Its a dangerous game to play that could backfire on them.

    • Franciscan

      Let us hope for that well-deserved result. Meanwhile vote this scumbag out of office in N.C.

    • lymis

      And it’s about damn time that SCOTUS declared sexual orientation to be a suspect class, probably for intermediate scrutiny like gender. They’ve avoided doing so far too many times. One of these cases will likely forced their hand.

      Vote.

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  • StSean

    so, the smallest form of government possible -local government- is beholden to the whims of larger, state-level government. that’s an interesting perspective for a republican.

  • rextrek1

    well- I avoided and will continue to avoid or spend a F’N penny in MANY southern Bigot, hate states……..

  • “Pat” McRory is a lying sack of cissexist excrement – when he says that he “remain(s) committed to protecting the privacy and safety of all men, women and children of all ages in North Carolina” he is lying. He wants to undermine the privacy and safety of transgender men, women and children in his state.

  • Robert

    Someone ought to educate the Governor on Romer vs. Evans. Colorado tried 20 some years ago to invalidate gay rights protections in Aspen and other Colorado towns and bar any new ones, and the SCOTUS ruled they could not.

    States cannot prevent any city or town within their borders from passing gay rights bills.

    The Governor’s in for a rude awakening…

  • Queequeg

    Republicans hate government overreach, unless they are the ones overreaching, like the state overriding a city government.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Just as an interesting side note, this is strikingly similar to how marriage equality came about in Massachusetts. The City of Boston passed a very modest Domestic Partnership law in the mid- to late-90s. Then, the state legislature overrode that, blocking implementation of that law. As a result, disgruntled couples in the Boston area pulled back RE a legislative solution and began taking more seriously a judicial solution. The result? The Goodrich decision.

  • Hank

    McCrory’s hypocrisy in transgender flap

    Read the article from the Charlotte Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article61814002.html

  • Darth Zombie

    Good luck with that one, bitch.

  • Highlander

    So a city wants to pass a bill, and the REPULICAN governor wants to pass legislation to nullify that. How’s that ‘local control’ doing for you?