Civil Rights

1500 Public Transit Organizations Oppose Hate: We Would Cancel Our Charlotte Convention If We Could

The American Public Transportation Association, which was founded in 1882 and has 1500 member organizations, says they really wish they could cancel their May convention in Charlotte over North Carolina’s hate law, but are unable to nullify their contract. From their statement: APTA is committed to being inclusive and does not condone discrimination of any kind against anyone who works …

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26,000-Member Interior Designers Association Backs Boycott Of North Carolina’s Flagship Trade Show

As I noted several days ago, organizers of High Point Market Week, which bills itself as the world’s largest home furnishings trade show, say they are being deluged with cancellations in the wake of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signing his state’s hate bill into law. Yesterday the 26,000-member American Society of Interior Designers issued a statement backing the boycott …

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NOM Leader Brian Brown Launches Petition Urging Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant To Sign Anti-LGBT Hate Bill

Yesterday afternoon Mississippi Democrats used a procedural tactic to temporarily delay their state’s anti-LGBT hate bill, which is still likely to reach the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant as early as Monday. Today NOM president Brian Brown’s offshoot group ActRight launched a petition urging Bryant to sign to bill. An excerpt: All across America, LGBT extremists are working overtime to …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Obama Administration Considers Cutting Off Billions In Funding Over Anti-LGBT Hate Law

The New York Times reports: The Obama administration is considering whether North Carolina’s new law on gay and transgender rights makes the state ineligible for billions of dollars in federal aid for schools, highways and housing, officials said Friday. Cutting off any federal money — or even simply threatening to do so — would put major new pressure on North …

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MISSISSIPPI: House Democrats Use Procedural Ploy To Delay Hate Bill’s Arrival On Desk Of Gov. Phil Bryant

This morning the Mississippi House voted overwhelmingly to send the state’s hate bill to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant. But this afternoon Democrats filed a motion to reconsider, which is essentially a procedural delaying tactic meant to buy time in order to build pressure for a veto. Dominic Holden has more at Buzzfeed: Bryant did not immediately respond to …

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MISSISSIPPI: Hate Bill Lands On Governor’s Desk

From Jackson’s ABC affiliate: The Mississippi House on Friday passed a final version of a bill that allows government employees and private business people to cite religious beliefs to refuse licenses or other services for same-sex couples who want to marry. House Bill 1523 is now headed to Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it into law. The …

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Furniture Magnate Mitchell Gold Denounces North Carolina’s Hate Law On CNBC’s Closing Bell [VIDEO]

Yesterday furniture magnate Mitchell Gold, co-founder of the national chain of upscale home furnishings outlets, appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell to eloquently denounce North Carolina’s hate law. Watch this below. Gold is also a well-known activist, having in 2006 founded the pro-LGBT religious group Faith In America.

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MISSISSIPPI: Gay Adoption Ban Struck Down

Some GOOD news out of Mississippi! From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger: A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to bar Mississippi from carrying out its law preventing same-sex couples from adopting, according to a court order filed Thursday. The order was issued the day after the state Senate passed the Religious Liberty Accommodation Act, which would allow businesses to deny services …

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Haters To Thank Pat McCrory For Anti-LGBT Law In Prayer Vigil At North Carolina Governor’s Mansion

From the North Carolina Family Policy Council:  In this time of great strife, it is important to remember the sovereignty of the Lord and to seek His wisdom, grace, and guidance over the current events in our state. Join citizens across North Carolina who are gathering for prayer vigils tonight in order to show support for Governor McCrory and members …

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Wingnuts Slam “Anti-Christian Bigot” Seth Meyers Over Piece On North Carolina’s Hate Law [VIDEO]

Last night Late Show host Seth Meyers delivered a great take on the anti-LGBT bills in North Carolina and Georgia. Watch below. Meyers’ bit already has right wing sites denouncing him as an anti-Christian bigot. Because of course. Via the wingnut Newsbusters: Days after he smeared the Last Supper as bland and ruled the didn’t [sic] blame Judas for betraying …

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MISSISSIPPI: State Sen. Jenifer Branning Takes Down Campaign Facebook Page After Passage Of Hate Bill

Mississippi state Sen. Jenifer Branning has taken down her campaign Facebook page after last night’s passage of a sweeping anti-LGBT “license to discriminate” bill that some are calling even worse than the one just enacted in North Carolina. Branning spent hours at the Senate podium defending the bill to angry Democrats, one of whom introduced an amendment that would have …

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Slams “Politically Correct Smear” By New York Gov. Cuomo [VIDEO]

Politico reports: The criticism and backlash to North Carolina’s new law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people reeks of hypocrisy in several ways, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday. Voters in the Final Four host city of Houston, McCrory remarked during an interview with “Fox and Friends,” last November overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 1, known …

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Chicago Joins North Carolina Travel Ban, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel Invites Businesses To Relocate To His City

Crain’s Chicago reports: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is issuing an executive order banning official city travel to North Carolina. And, seeking to gain from a flap over the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people there, Emanuel says he’ll be contacting North Carolina companies that might be interested in relocating to a “more inclusive” Chicago. In comments after an unrelated …

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Fox TV And A+E Threaten North Carolina Boycott

Variety reports: A+E Networks and 21st Century Fox may refrain from filming future projects in North Carolina if the state does not repeal a controversial law that bars local LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances. The companies have stopped short, however, of withdrawing current projects from the state. Principal photography on “Shots Fired,” a drama series for Fox Broadcasting produced by 20th Century …

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NORTH CAROLINA: State Senate Republican Committee Launches “Stand With McCrory” Campaign

In response to near-universal criticism of North Carolina’s hate bill from the media, from big business, and from major political figures nationwide, the state’s Republican Senatorial Committee has launched a “Stand With McCrory” website so that haters can send messages of support to the governor. And of course, there’s a money beg link. The site features the above image of …

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Posts Moving Clip In Thanks For Veto Of Georgia’s Anti-LGBT Bill [VIDEO]

Late last night Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff posted the below gorgeous clip in thanks for the veto of Georgia’s anti-LGBT bill. The video features audio from Harvey Milk’s legendary “you gotta give ’em hope” speech as scenes of gay pride parades, the San Francisco skyline, and a diverse collection of people go by. JMG reader Cuberly tells us that the …

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BREAKING: By 31-17 Vote Mississippi Senate Approves Sweeping Anti-LGBT License To Discriminate Bill

Moments ago the Mississippi Senate voted 31-17 along party lines to approve a sweeping bill that legalizes anti-LGBT discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. The bill’s chief Senate sponsor, Sen. Jenifer Branning [photo], faced some tough questioning, most of all from black Democrats, but the haters once again simply outnumbered the good guys. The bill now goes back to …

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LIVE VIDEO: Mississippi Senate Votes On Anti-LGBT “License To Discriminate” So-Called Religious Liberty Bill

The vote is starting. Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Mississippi lawmakers are scheduled to take a final vote Wednesday on what critics believe is the most sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in the United States. The bill passed in the state House in February, and opponents are hoping to kill it in the Senate by delaying a possible vote until after a …

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Atlanta City Council To NBA: OUR Anti-LGBT Hate Bill Is Vetoed, So Give Us Charlotte’s All-Star Game

We love this. From Atlanta’s ABC affiliate: Atlanta Council members are calling on the NBA to move the All-Star game to Atlanta. Next year’s game is set for Charlotte, North Carolina. But North Carolina just passed a state law that requires people to use the bathroom associated with the gender of their birth, not the gender with which they identify. …

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VIRGINIA: Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe Vetoes “Stigmatizing” Anti-LGBT “Religious Freedom” Bill

BOOM. The Washington Blade reports: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday vetoed a religious freedom bill that critics said would have allowed anti-LGBT discrimination. McAuliffe said in a statement that Senate Bill 41 is “nothing more than an attempt to stigmatize.” “This legislation is also bad for business and creates roadblocks as we try to build the new Virginia economy,” …

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