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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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NORTH CAROLINA: Wells Fargo Lights Its Charlotte Tower In Support Of Transgender Day Of Visibility

Yesterday was the International Day of Transgender Visibility and in support Wells Fargo lit its 48-story Duke Energy Center tower in Charlotte in pink, white, and blue, which are the colors of the transgender pride flag. Also yesterday Wells Fargo joined the 80+ major corporations who have called for the repeal of North Carolina’s hate law. From the Charlotte Observer: …

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Liberty Counsel: We’ll Defend North Carolina’s Hate Law

Considering their track record, let’s hope they get the contract. Via press release: Liberty Counsel sent a letter yesterday to the North Carolina House and Senate offering pro bono services in defense of the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. The Act recently was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory. However, Attorney General Cooper has refused to defend it. …

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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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NORTH CAROLINA: Activists Meet With Governor

From the Human Rights Campaign: This morning, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro, transgender advocate Candis Cox-Daniels, and other LGBT equality advocates went to the North Carolina State Capitol to hand deliver a letter from more than 100 major CEOs & business leaders urging Governor McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal …

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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: 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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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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Big Business Turns Up Heat On North Carolina

The New York Times reports: The onslaught of criticism, economic sanctions and a lawsuit being leveled at Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina grew on Tuesday, as the largest corporation in his state joined the fight against a new law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Bank of America, which has its headquarters in Charlotte, …

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Posts Ranting Defense Of His State’s “Not Perfect” Anti-LGBT Law [VIDEO]

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory this afternoon posted a ranting clip in which he claims his state has been “demonized for political gain” and wrongly “been made the target of a vicious nationwide smear campaign.” Watch below. According to McCrory, the avalanche of criticism comes from those are “promoting conflict to advance their political agenda.” Below are some tweeted reactions …

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SCOTUS Splits 4-4, Upholds Defeat Of Anti-Gay Bid To Upend Mandatory Public Sector Union Fees

In April 2013, Orange County elementary school teacher Rebecca Friedrichs sued the California Teachers Association, arguing that her mandatory union fees meant that she had been unwillingly forced into financially supporting the union’s advertising campaign against the passage of Proposition 8. Friedrich’s suit was joined by the Christian Educators Association International. Which brings us to today. Via The Atlantic: The …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Boycott Threatens State’s Flagship Furniture Trade Show, Organizers Slam Anti-LGBT Law

North Carolina’s High Point Market Week bills itself as the world’s largest home furnishings industry trade show and mere days after the state’s anti-LGBT bill was signed into law, the show’s organizers say they are being deluged with attendee cancellations for next month’s convention, which delivers an estimated $5.4B to the local economy with its spring and fall events. Via …

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NEW YORK: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bans Non-Essential North Carolina Travel For State Workers

Add New York state to New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle. From Gov. Cuomo’s edict: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an executive order banning all non-essential state travel to North Carolina. The order requires all New York State agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the state …

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Denounces LGBT Rights Lawsuit: Stop Slandering Our Great State

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is a very unhappy with the lawsuit filed yesterday. From a statement issued by his office: “The governor respects the right of any legal challenges; however, he does not respect the continued distortion of the facts by the groups challenging this law and by many members of the state and national media,” said Graham Wilson, …

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Meet The North Carolina Plaintiffs [VIDEOS]

Yesterday a press conference was held at which the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit against North Carolina appeared. Watch below. The Associated Press reports: The plaintiffs are two transgender people, a lesbian law professor, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina and Equality North Carolina. Defendants include McCrory and the University of North Carolina system, where two of the …

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The Lawsuit Against North Carolina Has Been Filed

Early this morning North Carolina was sued in federal court over the recently signed law which overturns LGBT rights statewide and bans transgender citizens from using public facilities that align with their gender identity. The suit was filed on behalf of three individuals and two LGBT rights groups. Buzzfeed News has details: “By singling out LGBT people for disfavored treatment …

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Franklin Graham Attacks San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

“San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says he is banning all city employees from job-related travel to North Carolina in protest of the action NC Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly just took to preserve basic privacy and protect its citizens from perverts and sexual predators. Can you believe it? I think Mayor Lee needs to focus on the problems …

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