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Wingnuts Blast ESPN Over Firing Of Curt Schilling

Yesterday ESPN fired baseball commentator Curt Schilling for sharing a viciously anti-transgender image on social media. Right wing figures, as usual, are responding with screams about political correctness, homofascism, and freedom of speech – the last of which, of course, only applies to actions by the government, but whatever! Outrage! More interesting is the statement posted on Facebook yesterday by …

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Rockers Boston Go Springsteen On North Carolina

THREE shows cancelled. From the band’s Facebook page: While the enjoyment of our fans is our central concern, and we have been looking forward to celebrating forty years of history performing for our listeners in North Carolina with spectacular live shows this spring, human rights are more important. It is with deep regret, that I must announce the cancellation of …

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Gov. John Kasich On Anti-LGBT “Right To Discriminate” Laws: Gays Just Need To Get Over It [VIDEO]

From the Democratic National Committee: This morning on CNN’s State of the Union, John Kasich was asked whether he would take steps to try to stop states from passing anti-LGBT “Right to Discriminate” laws. His blunt response? “No, I wouldn’t.” He added, “What I like to say is, just relax, if you don’t like what somebody is doing, pray for …

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WaPo Gives NC Gov. Pat McCrory “Three Pinocchios”

The Washington Post has evaluated North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s statements in the video accompanying last week’s executive order and given him “Three Pinocchios.” They write: By saying he is “taking action to affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality” through his executive order, McCrory creates the illusion that there will be more changes than he can …

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Pat McCrory On Meet The Press: The “Human Relations Council” Is More Powerful Than The NRA [VIDEO]

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on Meet The Press this morning, where he claimed that he was recently congratulated by black residents for protecting them from evil LGBTs. McCrory also stumbled over the name of the Human Rights Campaign, calling them the “Human Relations, uh, Rights Council.” McCrory then exclaimed, “My God, they are more powerful than the NRA!” …

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LOS ANGELES: City Council Votes Unanimously To Boycott North Carolina And Mississippi

Add Los Angeles to the lengthy boycott list: The North Carolina law “overturns all state protections for gay and lesbians and puts new discrimination on the books,” according to Councilman Mike Bonin, who proposed the resolution that was approved on a 12-0 vote. Bonin said the Mississippi law allows rental car businesses to turn away gay couples, and allows for …

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Slams “Smear Campaign Of Politically Correct Elite” In WaPo Letter

From the Washington Post‘s letters to the editor: Regarding Kathleen Parker’s April 12 op-ed column, “Bigotry raises its hideous head in North Carolina”: Let me set the record straight: North Carolina proudly welcomes all people to live, work and visit our great state. We have long-held traditions of ensuring equality for all of our citizens and our visitors while respecting …

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Cirque Du Soleil Goes Springsteen On North Carolina

From their statement: Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form. The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring human rights for all. We therefore choose to cancel our scheduled performances of OVO in Greensboro (April 20-24) and our scheduled performances in …

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True Or False With Pat McCrory [VIDEO]

Yesterday a spokesman for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory called the Human Rights Campaign “a shadowy, left-wing group funded by anonymous donors that is recklessly leading the charge to mislead the public and smear North Carolina.” Today we get the below HRC clip with calls McCrory out on his lies.

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant: Churches Would Be Sued Into Closing If I Didn’t Sign That Hate Law [AUDIO]

Yesterday Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appeared on the American Family Association’s radio show to declare that he signed his state’s anti-LGBT bill in order to protect churches from being closed because they won’t host same-sex weddings. Seriously. Right Wing Watch has the transcript: “This is about the churches,” Bryant said. “The next stop will be American Family Radio and it …

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NORTH CAROLINA: “Air Horn Orchestra” Activists Blare Outside Mansion Of Gov. Pat McCrory [VIDEO]

From the Raleigh News & Observer: Protesters increased the level of noise surrounding the state’s new LGBT law Wednesday evening by setting off dozens of air horns at the governor’s mansion. About 100 opponents of House Bill 2 gathered, many of them wearing black T-shirts that said “Can you hear us now, Pat?” They stood on two sides of Gov. Pat …

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CBS News: Liberty Counsel Is Behind Anti-LGBT Hate Laws In At Least 20 States [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Lawmakers in state after state are passing bills to protect those who cite religious beliefs for refusing to serve or employ gay or transgender people. CBS News wondered why so many of these laws — including some that limit access to public restrooms — are surfacing now … and who’s behind all of this? We went and …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Another Convention Cancels

Fortune reports: CEOs from hundreds of companies including Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s had planned to meet in North Carolina this October to talk about using business for social good. Now, they’re not coming. In response to a controversial new state law aimed at gay and transgender people, a group of firms designated as “Certified B” ethical corporations say they …

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BREAKING: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Signs Order Protecting LGBT State Employees [VIDEO]

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory did some damage control today, announcing that he has signed an executive order protecting LGBT state employees from discrimination. In the clip below, McCrory also declares that he will pursue amending House Bill 2 to reinstate the right to sue for discrimination in state courts. Today’s action does NOT, however, reinstate local LGBT protections nor …

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NORTH CAROLINA: 30 Craft Breweries Team Up To Fight Anti-LGBT Hate Law With Special Beer

You’ll like this. From Durham’s ABC affiliate: A group of North Carolina craft breweries is teaming up to make a special beer that will be sold to raise money to fight the state’s new House Bill 2 law. The News and Observer reports more than 30 breweries are taking part. They’re calling the project the Don’t Be Mean to People: …

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MISSOURI: Major Corporations Form Coalition In Opposition To Pending Anti-LGBT “Religious Liberty” Bill

The Kansas City Star reports: Businesses from around Missouri announced the formation a coalition Tuesday designed to stop a “religious freedom” amendment to the state’s constitution currently making its way through the Missouri Legislature. Members of the coalition, called Missouri Competes, have agreed to sign a pledge stating that the proposed amendment “does not represent our values as Missourians, and …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Deutsche Bank “Freezes” Hundreds Of New Jobs Over State’s Anti-LGBT Hate Law

Reuters reports: Deutsche Bank is freezing plans to create 250 new jobs at its Cary, North Carolina, location after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens. “We take our commitment to building inclusive work environments seriously,” John Cryan, the chief executive of Germany’s largest lender, said in a statement on Tuesday. North Carolina …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Haters Rally For Hate Law [VIDEOS]

From Winston-Salem’s Fox affiliate: Hundreds of people from all over the state of North Carolina gathered Monday for a rally to show support for House Bill 2. The rally, organized by several groups including the Christian Action League and Return America, featured speakers from religious groups as well as victims of sexual assault. Sheriffs from Davie, Alamance and Rockingham counties …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Democrat Regrets His Vote For Anti-LGBT Hate Law, Will Now Work Towards Its Repeal

North Carolina Rep. Bill Richardson was one of the 11 Democrats to vote for his state’s anti-LGBT hate law. In an op-ed published today, Richardson says he is “haunted” by his vote and will now work for the law’s repeal. He writes: By enacting House Bill 2, the legislature did the wrong thing. I made the wrong vote and we …

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MISSISSIPPI: Hate Law Repeal Attempt To Start Tomorrow, Faces Several Major Procedural Hurdles

From the Facebook page of Mississippi state Rep. Jay Hughes: HB1523 – Repeal? What will it take? Since the constitutional deadline for the introduction of new bills has passed, a “Suspension Resolution” will have to be filed in the House. Then, the Speaker will have to allow it to come up for a vote on the floor. It would then …

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