Civil Rights

NORTH CAROLINA: Federal Judge Bars State University From Enforcing Anti-Transgender Portion Of Hate Law

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: In a limited ruling on Friday afternoon, a federal judge barred the University of North Carolina from enforcing the “bathroom bill” provision of the state’s anti-LGBT HB 2 law against those transgender individuals who sued the state following the passage of the law. In the ruling U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder noted, “Ultimately, the ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-LGBT Hate Law Drags Gov. Pat McCrory Down To -9 Points In Stunning New Poll

USA Today reports: For the governorship, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is far behind Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. The incumbent trails Cooper, 52%-43%. Some of McCrory’s struggle could stem from the HB2 law that he signed. The HB2 law, also known as the “bathroom bill,” among other things requires users of public restrooms to use the bathroom of the gender ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: McCrory Defends Anti-LGBT Hate Law With Ad Starring Sexual Abuse Victim [VIDEO]

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is seven points behind AG Roy Cooper in the latest poll, therefore we get this desperation move. Watch below. Via Raleigh’s NBC affiliate: Gov. Pat McCrory launched a pair of new campaign ads on Monday, one touting his record on education spending and the other slamming his Democratic rival on House Bill 2. The campaign ...

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New York Times Editorial Board Slams Ken Paxton’s “Bigoted And Specious” Attacks On Trans Citizens

From the New York Times editorial board: Just days after the federal Department of Education in May issued sensible antidiscrimination guidelines for accommodating transgender students, Texas’ attorney general, Ken Paxton, set out to challenge them. Zeroing in on North Texas, the attorney general’s office encouraged the Harrold Independent School District to adopt an anti-transgender bathroom policy. The choice of district ...

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Texas Leads Four Other States In Federal Lawsuit To Exclude Trans People From Obamacare Because Jesus

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: Five states, led by Texas, and several nonprofit medical groups, all of which are religiously affiliated, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the Obama administration’s efforts to guarantee health care coverage to transgender people under the Affordable Care Act. “On pain of significant financial liability, the [Health and Human Services Department’s] Regulation forces doctors to ...

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TEXAS: Federal Judge Blocks Implementation Of Obama’s Transgender Guidelines For Public Schools

Bloomberg reports: The Obama administration was barred by a judge from enforcing a directive that U.S. public schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identity. A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday sided with Texas and 12 other states that argued the administration’s policy usurps local control and threatens students’ safety ...

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NBA Chooses New Orleans For 2017 All-Star Game

The Associated Press reports: The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the decision hasn’t been announced. An announcement was expected within the day, the person said. New Orleans replaces Charlotte, which was ...

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Federal Judge Rules That Hobby Lobby Decision Means Transgender Employees Can Be Fired Because Jesus

Politico reports: A Supreme Court decision allowing some companies to opt out of portions of Obamacare for religious reasons also guarantees the right of firms to engage in religiously motivated discrimination against their employees on the basis of gender, a federal judge in Michigan ruled Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox held that the Supreme Court’s 2014 ruling on ...

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NEW YORK STATE: Donald Trump To Accept The Endorsement Of Viciously Anti-Gay Conservative Party

Back in 2009 New York Conservative Party chairman Michael Long stood beaming on the capitol’s steps in Albany as a large crowd of haters and the Red-Caped Catholic Loons waved signs and chanted “No gay marriage!” In 2011 the New York Times characterized Long as “the number one obstacle to gay marriage,” so great was his influence over the state ...

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UKRAINE: Odessa Holds First LGBT Pride March Under The Protection Of Hundreds Of Police [VIDEO]

About 50 brave people participated in Odessa, Ukraine’s first-ever LGBT march this weekend in the face of violent far-right protesters. Compelling video below. NBC News reports: The day before the event, local authorities in Odessa banned the event on the grounds there was a high probability of a conflict, as far-right activists were also scheduled to gather at the same ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. McCrory Asks SCOTUS To Reinstate Racist Voter ID Law For November Election

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Gov. Pat McCrory wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate North Carolina’s voter ID law for the November election. The law, which requires voters to bring a photo ID to the polls, was thrown out by a federal appeals court ruling. Late Monday, McCrory announced that he has sent a formal request to Supreme ...

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HAWAII: Openly Lesbian State Rep Who Voted Against Same-Sex Marriage Loses Democratic Primary

Back in 2013, Hawaii state Rep. Jo Jordan became the first openly LGBT legislator in history to vote against same-sex marriage, earning her wild praise from hate group leaders Tony Perkins and Brian Brown. Today JMG reader Donovan writes to let us know that Jordan lost her seat to a former Green Party member in Saturday’s Democratic primary. Good.

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MISSISSIPPI: Federal Court Rejects State’s Bid To Enforce Anti-LGBT Hate Law During Appeal Process

BOOM. Another win for Roberta Kaplan. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A federal appeals court on Friday denied Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s request that the state be allowed to enforce a recently passed anti-LGBT religious exemption law while the state appeals a trial court’s order halting enforcement of that law. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, in denying the request ...

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CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau To Apologize For Government’s History Of Anti-Gay Persecution

The Globe & Mail reports: As early as this autumn, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will apologize on behalf of all Canadians to those who were imprisoned, fired from their jobs or otherwise persecuted in the past because of their sexuality. That apology is a key element in a broad range of reforms that will collectively represent one of the greatest ...

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BELIZE: Supreme Court Legalizes Homosexuality

The Belize News reports: Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin today found that Section 53 of the Criminal Code which criminalizes consenting intercourse between adults of the same sex contravenes the right granted by the Constitution of Belize to no interference with a person’s dignity and personal privacy, as well as equality and equal treatment of all persons before the law. So ...

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McCrory Flack: Don’t Believe The Lies, North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Hate Law Hasn’t Hurt The Economy

Dozens of canceled conventions, boycotts from more than a dozen states and major cities, and no more NBA All-Star game. That’s just for starters. But nope, not a scratch on the economy says the budget director for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. From his op-ed in the Charlotte Observer: One of the benefits of being the Budget Director is that ...

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ALABAMA: Haters Rally For Justice Roy Moore As Court Says It Will Soon Decide On Booting Him From Bench

ABC News reports: Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary said it will soon decide whether to remove Alabama’s suspended chief justice, Roy Moore, from office after hearing Monday from both sides on his misconduct charges. Moore is accused of violating judicial ethics by urging probate judges to defy the federal courts and keep denying marriage licenses to gays and lesbians, months ...

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Flip Benham: The Streets And Schools Of Charlotte Will Flow With Blood Over Transgender Rights [VIDEO]

“There is one God and we’re going to stand for him in this city. You cannot make a moral wrong a civil right. You have no right to do that! It’s a moral wrong. If God doesn’t fix this city, if God isn’t the answer, if God isn’t at the foundation, you’re going to have bloodshed coursing down the corners ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Court Hearing Begins On Lawsuit To Overturn Magistrates’ Same-Sex Marriage Opt-Out Law

The Associated Press reports: Roughly 5 percent of North Carolina’s magistrates are refusing to marry same-sex couples for religious reasons, and lawyers for the state say people suing in federal court have no standing to challenge these opt-outs as unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn scheduled a hearing for Monday in Asheville in part to consider a motion by the ...

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FRC Launches Petition Against NBA [VIDEO]

From the Family Research Council’s just launched petition against the NBA: North Carolina is a beautiful state to visit and a wonderful place to live and work. The recent hypocrisy of organizations like the NBA and some large corporations over North Carolina’s bathroom privacy and government overreach protections (HB2) is unfounded and unnecessary. The government should not criminalize people who ...

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