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#36

Mississippi is getting ready to heavily discriminate against the LGBT community as well:



http://www.buzzfeed.com/dominicholden/mi...mxPrNAkOV6

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#37

The Boss to North Carolina: "Maybe Smash Mouth is available?"



http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2...mpaign=law

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#38

The federal government is reviewing the North Carolina law to see if funding should be cut:



http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/02/us/pol...mp;gwt=pay



Also, Pay Pal is no longer planning a new facility there:



http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/05/technolo...index.html



Rachel Maddow mentioned tonight that the federal government is also looking into Mississippi's law.

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#39

Here is some food for thought.


http://deadstate.org/more-gop-politician...ns-people/

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#40

A rundown of much of the comedy inspired by North Carolina's bathroom frenzy:



http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/po...05457.html

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#41

Raleigh is already feeling the financial burden of North Carolina's bathroom bill:



http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/tourism-...hroom-law/



The bleeding, though, has only just begun:



Quote:

The Raleigh Visitors Bureau warned that the local economy could lose out on $24 million in economic benefits if the law is not repealed. According to the report, 16 other groups were considering relocating their events outside the state.


The city’s biggest loss could be a four-year contract for an undisclosed sports tournament that would have brought 51,000 people and $4.5 million in benefits to the area each year.
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#42

...and the backtracking begins.


Quote:

NC Guv Issues Executive Order Clarifying Anti-LGBT Law



North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory ® on Tuesday issued an executive order clarifying portions of a sweeping anti-gay law. The order also extended rights to certain state employees and sought legislative changes to the provision that impacts employment discrimination.



"After listening to people’s feedback for the past several weeks on this issue, I have come to the conclusion that there is a great deal of misinformation, misinterpretation, confusion, a lot of passion and frankly, selective outrage and hypocrisy, especially against the great state of North Carolina," he said in a statement accompanying the order. "Based upon this feedback, I am taking action to affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality."



McCrory's executive order leaves the law unchanged, but he has expanded rights for state employees and asked for a change to a provision in the law unrelated to LGBT rights.



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yeah, you know what McCrory...fuck you. Unless you issue an EO to repeal this bullshit law...just, fuck you.

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#43

North Carolinian users of XHamster will have to use many of the other porn sites out there.  IP addresses from the state will no longer be able to use the service because of the law:



https://www.yahoo.com/news/protest-anit-...27511.html



McCrory probably won't entirely cave because it's an election year and he won't want to complete deflate the base, but Tennessee (which, I think, is the next state to bring up a bill like this) might be sweating it out right now.

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#44

Will country stars speak out against the recent discriminatory bills?



http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/its-scar...-speak-up/



I wish I could remember the name, but I read about a country band a year ago that wrote a song many had misconstrued as a love story between two women.  The usually-popular band wasn't getting traction with the song and a scared record company had the lead singer record an introduction that explained the song's true intentions.  In a climate like that, I can't imagine many country musicians speaking out.

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#45

Stories like this one are precisely why I was happy to see John Bel Edwards grab the governorship in Louisiana, despite the fact that Republicans control everything else (granted, Louisiana governors tend to have more power than those in other states):



https://www.buzzfeed.com/dominicholden/d...mlP50lvAOG



Louisiana is in a world of hurt right now, but this made me happy.

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#46
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

Will country stars speak out against the recent discriminatory bills?



http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/its-scar...-speak-up/



I wish I could remember the name, but I read about a country band a year ago that wrote a song many had misconstrued as a love story between two women.  The usually-popular band wasn't getting traction with the song and a scared record company had the lead singer record an introduction that explained the song's true intentions.  In a climate like that, I can't imagine many country musicians speaking out.


They probably don't want to face the backlash The Dixie Chicks got for speaking out against Bush.

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#47

More than 60 Missouri businesses are against a "religious liberty" bill in the state that has passed the Senate there and is currently being discussed in the House.  If the bill passes the House, voters would decide later in the year:



http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/4/1...berty-bill



It didn't get much attention, but Democrats in the state filibustered the bill for 39 hours straight about a month ago:



http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/3/12/...r-equality



Republicans were eventually able to stop the filibuster, though, and it's now up to Monsanto and the Chamber of Commerce to keep the state from being another to whine about gay marriage being the law of the land.

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#48

The mayor of Portland, Oregon is refusing to step foot in Mississippi for the commissioning of the ​USS Portland,​ so the ship will be brought to him:



http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/4/1...missioning

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#49

I certainly hope that no one is actually surprised by this news...


Quote:

CBS News investigation finds Kim Davis’ lawyer behind anti-LGBT bills in 20 states



The lawyer who represented Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis after she refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses told CBS News that his group was also behind anti-LGBT legislation being pushed in at least 20 states.



After governors in North Carolina and Mississippi recently signed laws limiting the rights of LGBT people, CBS News began investigating why so many anti-LGBT bills were cropping up in state legislatures around the country.



The network found that the conservative group Liberty Counsel had placed lawyers in all 50 states to draft legislation and advise lawmakers on how to rein in the rights of LGBT people in response to a Supreme Court ruling which legalized same-sex marriage in 2015.



CBS determined that bills tied to Liberty Counsel have been filed in at least 20 states so far.



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#50

The 4th U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a Virginia school board's bathroom policy in favor of a transgendered student:



http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/court...e-38513822



The court also covers North Carolina, and here's Gov. McCrory on the decision, saying he'll abide by the ruling but will be talking with lawyers:



https://www.facebook.com/nccapitol/video...601598613/

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#51

Maybe Rhode Island can help out Schilling again?



http://www.mediaite.com/online/espn-fire...book-post/

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#52
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#53

  I want to call bullshit on point of the bathroom laws being made to protect children. These are the same people who don't want to pass gun control laws after school shootings. The GOP say they care about children, but they don't believe in climate change, so the children will grow up in a world where droughts, wild fires and hurricanes are more common. Also they have economic policies that don't work, so I don't see that helping the children in the future.



 Personally I don't care if a transgender person wants to use a public bathroom. When I use one, I'm just there to do what I have to, wash my hands and be on my way. What anyone else does isn't any of my business.



  Finally if want really want to protect children, ban Republicans from public bathrooms because they're the ones who get caught having sex in them.

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#54

Former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford wrote a piece about falling for a younger man years after his wife passed away:



http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/24/opinio....html?_r=0



He's 90 and living life.  Good for him.



EDIT: Rick Santorum was the guy who successfully took Wofford's Senate seat away from him.

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#55

Target announced an inclusive bathroom policy for its department stores, and conservatives are having meltdowns over it.  Here's one guy in Florida doing some undercover trolling over it:



http://www.mediaite.com/online/florida-m...om-policy/

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#56
AA transgender person who presented and identified as male wouldn't want to use the women's restroom. All this proved is that the abuse is likely to come from non-transgendered men. Which the laws aren't about at all.
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#57
AIt's 2016 and the hot political topic is fucking bathrooms. Unreal.
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#58
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It's 2016 and the hot political topic is fucking bathrooms. Unreal.

Panem et circenses.

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#59

An al-Qaeda affiliate took credit for viciously killing the editor of Bangladesh's first LBGT magazine:



http://www.mediaite.com/online/al-qaeda-...bt-editor/

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#60

"keep our state straight"



http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/north-ca...-straight/

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#61

Of course this is happening in Florida.


http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archi...der-people

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#62
A[quote name="Chaz" url="/community/t/150230/lgbt-thread/60#post_4055552"]Of course this is happening in Florida.
http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archi...der-people
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A comment like that should have the person locked up..
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#63

Liberty Council's gonna Liberty Council.  They're essentially scam artists who deliberately litigate losing but inflammatory cases in order to profit off the ignorant people they speak for.  They took the Kim Davis case, for example, which has lost every appeal but will inevitably lead to lucrative book and media deals that they'll get stake in, to say nothing of straight donations.  All while enjoying non-profit status.



That comment was the calculated PR move of a particularly cynical group of businessmen.

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#64

A very good point:



http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/20...ia=FB_Page



If someone's going to protest Target, why stop there?  Protest every company that achieved a 100 score on the Corporate Equality Index, and that includes the social media being used to spread the hate.

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#65
Quote:

Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

Maybe Rhode Island can help out Schilling again?



http://www.mediaite.com/online/espn-fire...book-post/


​Can't say I knew there was a "Breitbart News Patriot Forum" on SiriusXM:



http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-le...08910.html



We learn something new everyday.

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#66

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended for defying the courts on gay marriage.  He might even be removed from the bench:



http://crooksandliars.com/2016/05/alabam...-suspended



Moore released a statement by phone and it's as shitty as you're thinking:



Quote:

"The Judicial Inquiry Commission has no authority over the administrative orders of the chief justice of Alabama or the legal injunctions of the Alabama Supreme Court prohibiting probate judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses," Moore said. "The Judicial Inquiry Commission has chosen to listen to people like Ambrosia Starling, a professed transvestite and other gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, as well as organizations that support their agenda."
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#67

Some North Carolina Republicans are getting worried about November:



http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/no...oom-222992



Quote:

“The question that will be answered in November is whether the Republicans in the General Assembly overplayed their hand, after feeling empowered by impressive gains in the last three election cycles,” the strategist said. “Republicans could lose their veto-proof majority in one or both [legislative] chambers, with a cloud of uncertainty surrounding the governor’s race."


Also, the fight is far from over.  The federal government and the state both filed lawsuits.   Attorney General Loretta Lynch did not mince her words:



Quote:

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who calls North Carolina her home state, denounced the law as "state-sponsored discrimination" and compared it to racial segregation laws and bans on same-sex marriage.



"This action is about a great deal more than bathrooms," she told reporters.



"This is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we as a people and as a country have enacted to protect them."



For anyone who was scared that the Obama administration wouldn't fight this sternly, I think Lynch just about shut that down.  And that federal funding?



Quote:

Lynch warned that "we retain the option" to curtail federal funding for the state over the issue, with billions of dollars in government aid potentially at stake, including key education funding.


It could sure as hell happen.



Lynch also said this, which absolutely deserves to be highlighted:



Quote:

"No matter how isolated, no matter how afraid, and no matter how alone you may feel today, know this -- that the Department of Justice and indeed the entire Obama administration want you to know that we see you, we stand with you, and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward," she said.


Hell yeah.

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#68

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#69

Shame, indeed:



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lgbt...86171d8400



Quote:

As the votes came in, it became clear Maloney had the support to pass his amendment. The clock ran out and the tally was 217-206. Some lawmakers cheered.


But the vote isn’t official until the gavel comes down, and the Republican lawmaker in the speaker’s chair held the vote open for several more minutes — a sign that GOP leaders were working on flipping some of their members from yes to no.



That’s when the booing began. Lawmakers began chanting, “Shame! Shame! Shame!” and “regular order!” — meaning the gavel should come down since the clock ran out. In the meantime, the vote tally began to shift. A handful of Republicans slowly changed their votes from yes to no. By the end, the vote was 212-213 and the gavel came down to loud boos.

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#70

Oklahoma is having quite a week:



http://www.mediaite.com/online/ok-lawmak...bathrooms/



Quote:

It being immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage and approval.


A state of emergency over bathrooms.  Okay then.

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