Civil Rights

Rachel Maddow Laments Missed Debate Opportunity To Hit Mike Pence On His Anti-LGBT Views [VIDEO]

During MSNBC’s post-debate analysis, Rachel Maddow lamented that Tim Kaine failed to confront Mike Pence on his history of supporting virulently anti-LGBT policies, including his demand that “gay cure” funding be attached to an HIV/AIDS bill. As you surely recall, Pence opposed the repeal of DADT, opposed same-sex marriage, and signed a bill that would have permitted Indiana businesses to ...

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MASSACHUSETTS: State Supreme Court Grants Parental Rights To Former Partner Of Lesbian Mom

The case is important because the couple had never married. The Associated Press reports: The Massachusetts court that paved the way for same-sex marriage in the United States ruled Tuesday that an unmarried gay woman whose former girlfriend gave birth to two children through artificial insemination has the same parental rights as their biological mother. The Supreme Judicial Court, of ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Pat McCrory Laughably Claims Economy Is Booming In New Campaign Ad [VIDEO]

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Gov. Pat McCrory is out with a new TV ad on Monday boasting of North Carolina’s economic gains. “When I entered office North Carolina had record unemployment, high taxes and huge budget shortfalls; it had been that way for years,” McCrory says in the ad. “Now, we have one of the fastest-growing economies in ...

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DOMA Champion Edie Windsor Remarries At 87

NBC News reports: Edie Windsor, the 87-year-old LGBTQ activist whose lawsuit against the federal government helped paved the way for same-sex marriage nationwide, has gotten remarried. Windsor and Judith Kasen, 51, tied the knot on Monday at City Hall in New York, the New York Times reported on Saturday. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this joy and ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: The Daily Show Pranks Locals With A Food Truck That Refuses To Serve Gays [VIDEO]

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Comedy Central’s The Daily Show came to Raleigh recently to poke fun at House Bill 2 by operating a food truck that refused to serve gay people. The show parked a fake barbecue business called Bone Bros. Flamin’ BBQ outside Trophy Brewing on Maywood Avenue and the Ruby Deluxe bar on Salisbury Street earlier ...

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LOUISIANA: Dem Governor Sues Attorney General For Blocking Contracts Over Their LGBT Protections

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports: Gov. John Bel Edwards is suing Attorney General Jeff Landry for blocking state legal contracts over language meant to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in the workplace. Edwards filed the lawsuit in a Baton Rouge state court Friday (Sept. 30), following a meeting with Landry in which the two officials were ...

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BREAKING: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended For Remainder Of His Term

AL.com has the big news: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from the bench for telling probate judges to defy federal orders regarding gay marriage. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) issued the order Friday suspending Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term. “For these violations, Chief Justice Moore is hereby suspended ...

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Pew Research Survey: 51% Support Trans Bathroom Rights, 49% Support LGBT Public Accommodation Laws

Bustle reports: In case you needed a reminder that the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage didn’t fix all the problems facing the LGBTQ community, a recent survey by the Pew Research Center has found that just half of Americans support transgender bathroom access according to gender identity, rather than biological sex. The finding comes as part of more general ...

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Orlando To Host College Football Championship Yanked From North Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Hate Law

Poetic justice. Yahoo Sports reports: The ACC officially has a new location for its football championship game. The conference announced Thursday morning that the game will move to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. The move comes two weeks after the conference, following an NCAA decision, decided to move all of its championships outside of the state of North Carolina because of ...

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California Becomes Sixth State To Prohibit State-Funded Travel To North Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Hate Law

The Sacramento Bee reports: North Carolina’s controversial law overturning local government protections for gays and lesbians could cost it some business with California state agencies. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill that prohibits state agencies from compelling their employees to travel to states with laws that allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The ...

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North Carolina Dem AG Roy Cooper +9 In New Poll

Via press release: The High Point University Poll finds that North Carolina’s top three election races continue to intensify with Hillary Clinton receiving support from 43 percent of likely voters and Donald Trump receiving support from 42 percent of likely voters. The percentages were calculated to include respondents who said they didn’t know exactly who they’d vote for, but were ...

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Trump Names Anti-LGBT Republican Sen. Mike Lee To New List Of Potential US Supreme Court Nominees

But Lee claims he doesn’t want the job. Via Politico: Utah Sen. Mike Lee on Friday swiftly shot down the idea that he would accept a nomination to the Supreme Court from Donald Trump. “Sen Lee already has the job he wants which is why he is campaigning to represent the great people of Utah again this year,” Lee spokesman ...

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Trump Taps Frothy Mix For Catholic Advisory Group, Vows To Legalize Anti-LGBT Business Discrimination

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: In one fell swoop, Donald Trump has fortified the anti-LGBT positions he expressed over his campaign and tapped as an adviser former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a two-time presidential candidate with a notoriously anti-LGBT history. The actions are the result of Trump’s creation of a 35-member Catholic Advisory Council, which includes, in addition ...

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New York Times Editorial Board: Desperate Pat McCrory Has Got Some Nerve With His Ignorant “Compromise”

BOOM. From the editorial board of the New York Times: Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina has some nerve. Alarmed by the rising financial fallout from the discriminatory law he and Republican lawmakers hastily passed in March to bar transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity, the governor seemed desperate for an off-ramp last week. On Friday, ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Dem Attorney General Roy Cooper Leads Gov. Pat McCrory By Five Points In New Poll

Public Policy Polling reports: For the first time this entire cycle PPP finds a clear leader in the race to be North Carolina’s next Governor: Roy Cooper. Cooper’s at 46% to 41% for Pat McCrory, with Libertarian Lon Cecil at 2%. When undecideds and Cecil voters are asked who they’d pick if they had to choose between Cooper and McCrory, ...

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COLORADO: Hate Group Files Federal Suit To Overturn Statewide LGBT Business Protections Because Jesus

The Alliance Defending Freedom just got smacked down in Phoenix but they’re trying again in Colorado. Denver’s ABC affiliate reports: A Christian woman claims Colorado law violates her ability to deny business to supporters of same-sex marriage and has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the laws on the basis they violate the U.S. Constitution. Lorie Smith, who owns ...

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Tony Perkins Slams Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts For Refusing To Repeal Her City’s “Ideological Terrorism”

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts started the North Carolina bathroom mess — and this week, she had a chance to end it. Unfortunately for the state, it seems the city’s top Democrat isn’t nearly as interested in getting North Carolina back on track as she and other liberals insist they are. Locked ...

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KENTUCKY: ACLU Files $233K Demand For Cost Of Suing Kim Davis Over Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: The legal advocacy group that represented several couples in a lawsuit against Kim Davis — the county clerk in Kentucky who famously refused to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage — is asking a federal court to award it $233,058 to cover legal expenses. In court documents filed ...

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ARIZONA: Court Smashes Hate Group’s Attempt To Overturn Phoenix’s LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Back in May, Alliance Defending Freedom sued to overturn Phoenix’s LGBT rights ordinance on behalf of a tiny company that produces hand-drawn wedding invitations. At that time Brush & Nib had never even been asked to create invitations for a same-sex couple, much less turned one away, so the haters filed a so-called “pre-enforcement challenge.” Today the Superior Court of ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Blasts Charlotte’s Refusal To “Compromise” And Repeal Their LGBT Rights Ordinance

Charlotte’s CBS affiliate reports: Monday morning the North Carolina Republican Party issued a statement from Party Chairman Robin Hayes saying Cooper and Roberts “again scuttled a compromise deal.” “Roy Cooper’s silence on the Charlotte bathroom ordinance repeal deal confirms he was working with his ally Jennifer Roberts to kill any compromise all along,” Hayes said Monday. “This is the second ...

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