Tag Archives: public accommodations

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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Porn Site Blocks All North Carolina IPs Over Hate Law

From the Huffington Post: There’s a new kink in North Carolina’s LGBT controversy: A popular porn website is banning all computers from “The Tar Heel State.” XHamster.com has been refusing to serve anyone from North Carolina since 12:30 p.m. EDT, Monday. Instead, users with a North Carolina IP address are just seeing a black screen on their computer — no …

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Seen At The North Carolina Border

This is same group that posted a billboard in Mississippi last week. From Planting Peace: In response to North Carolina passing of HB2, Planting Peace has constructed a message to North Carolina legislators and the anti-LGBT movement. Our billboard is a reminder that laws such as HB2 move us backwards in the movement for equality and fundamental human rights for …

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Freep This Denver Post Poll About PayPal

JMG reader David points us to today’s poll on the front page of the Denver Post, which only tells a portion of North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law. Weigh in at this link. The poll is slightly down in the right-hand column.

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John Corvino Vs Alliance Defending Freedom [VIDEO]

Media Matters reports: ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos hosted Kristen Waggoner, senior counsel for the extreme anti-LGBT group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who hyped the debunked “bathroom predator” myth to defend a discriminatory law recently passed in North Carolina. ADF is an multi-million dollar anti-gay Christian legal organization known for its work defending discriminatory “religious freedom” laws, which allow …

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John Kasich On Face The Nation: I Probably Wouldn’t Have Signed North Carolina’s Hate Law [VIDEO]

Mediaite recaps: Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said this morning that he probably wouldn’t have signed a bill similar to the anti-trans one recently passed in North Carolina. He dismissively said that “we are not having this issue in our state” about religious liberty and talked at great length about balancing religious liberty with respect. Kasich avoided getting into the …

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US Rep. Mark Walker: Radical Leftist Bruce Springsteen Is Bullying North Carolina By Cancelling His Concert

From the Hollywood Reporter: A U.S. congressman who represents portions of Greensboro, N.C., is accusing Bruce Springsteen of being a “bully,” after the rock star canceled a concert there to protest a new law that’s being described as anti-gay. “It’s disappointing he’s not following through on his commitments,” said Rep. Mark Walker, a Republican freshman congressman. “We’ve got other artists …

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Robin Roberts On Her Mississippi Tourism Cover

“Last year well before recent events, I was interviewed and photographed to be on the cover of Mississippi’s official state tourism publication. I’ve often boasted about the beautiful people, delicious food and my picturesque hometown of Pass Christian. My longtime partner, Amber, and I have always felt welcomed in my home state, and it hurts my soul to think of …

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Steven Van Zandt On Springsteen Cancellation: Hurting Haters Economically Is All They Understand [VIDEO]

Watch Van Zandt’s thoughtful interview below. Rolling Stone reports: Hours after Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band canceled their Greensboro, North Carolina concert Sunday to protest the state’s controversial, discriminatory “bathroom bill,” guitarist Steven “Little Stevie” Van Zandt defended Springsteen’s decision while backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday. “We just felt the issue …

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Equality North Carolina Head Chris Sgro Appointed To State House, Vows To Work To Repeal Hate Law

Posted this morning to the Facebook page of Equality North Carolina head Chris Sgro: Friends, it is my honor to be appointed to the remainder of Representative Ralph Johnson’s unexpired term. Ralph was a great leader for Greensboro and I have big shoes to fill. Amos Quick will fill the seat after January and have my support, but GCDP stepped …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Local NAACP Head Vows State House Sit-In If Hate Law Isn’t Repealed by April 21st

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: N.C. NAACP president William Barber says his group will hold a “mass sit-in” at the legislature if a controversial LGBT law isn’t repealed by April 21. Barber, whose Forward Together Moral Movement has organized numerous Moral Monday protests and acts of civil disobedience, plans to announce more details about the event at a news …

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Bernie Sanders: As President I’d Work To Overturn Anti-LGBT Laws in Mississippi & North Carolina [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday that if elected president, he would overturn laws in Mississippi and North Carolina that critics say discriminate against the gay community. “As president of the United States, I would do everything I can do to overturn those outrageous decisions by Mississippi and North Carolina,” he said on ABC’s “The View.” “We have …

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MISSISSIPPI: Openly Lesbian Journalist Robin Roberts Is The New Face Of State’s Official Tourism Agency

The Advocate reports: Lesbian news anchor Robin Roberts is the face of Mississippi’s official state tourism publication this year, joining Gov. Phil Bryant, who recently signed an anti-LGBT bill into law, in encouraging tourists to visit the Magnolia State. The 2016 official tour guide for the state of Mississippi, which features Roberts on the cover, came out well before the …

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MISSISSIPPI: Here Come The Sex Police?

Via Jackson’s ABC affiliate: Legal experts said Wednesday that a new Mississippi religious objection law is so broad it reaches beyond gay couples to anyone who has had premarital sex. A key section of the legislation lets government and business employees refuse service based on their religious beliefs. Opponents have said that it sanctions discrimination against same-sex couples and transgender …

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Ellen Denounces Mississippi’s Hate Law [VIDEO]

Ellen DeGeneres has delivered a heartfelt, yet amusing reaction to Mississippi’s hate law. Watch below. An excerpt: So, if you don’t know, the Governor of the state signed a religious freedom bill, which might sound good because the word freedom is in it. But here’s what it means. Under the law, if you say for religious reasons you can ‘deny …

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Tony Perkins: Everybody Is Lying About Mississippi

Somebody IS lying here. Via email: The media writes, but does it read? Too few seem to, based on the coverage of Mississippi’s new religious liberty law. After Governor Phil Bryant (R-Miss.) signed a bill that essentially reaffirmed the First Amendment, headlines across the country screamed that Mississippi had just given Americans a “license to discriminate.” “Mississippi governor signs law …

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Charles Barkley: The NBA Should Move Their All-Star Game From Charlotte Over North Carolina’s Hate Law

“I think the NBA should move the All-Star game from there next year. As a black person I’m against any form of discrimination, against whites, Hispanics, gays, lesbians, however you want to phrase it. It’s my job, with the position of power that I’m in and being able to be on television, I’m supposed to stand up for the people …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Flagship Trade Show Slams “Appalling” Law, Says Boycott Calls Are “Misplaced”

Last week worried organizers of North Carolina’s High Point Market Week, which bills itself as the world’s largest home furnishings industry trade show, revealed that they were being deluged with cancellations in the wake of the state’s anti-LGBT hate law. Yesterday event CEO Bob Maricich issued a statement which slams the “appalling” law and declares that any anger directed towards …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Greensboro City Council Approves Resolution Denouncing State’s Hate Law [VIDEO]

Greensboro was one of the North Carolina cities whose LGBT rights ordinance was overturned by HB 2. The lone dissenting vote last night came from the council’s only Republican. Of course. From Greensboro’s Fox affiliate: City council members voted 8-1 Tuesday in favor of a resolution opposing House Bill 2. HB2, or the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, is …

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