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  • North Carolina Gov. McCrory in Hot Seat as Apple, Google, NBA, Many Others Denounce Anti-LGBT Law

    NYT Says 'Voters Should Reject the Candidate Who Made the State a Pioneer in Bigotry'

    Whether North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory's decision to make an example of the City of Charlotte and its nondiscrimination ordinance was the result of his own personal beliefs, or a political calculation designed to win him re-election in November, the citizens of the Tar Heel State may never know. But Gov. McCrory is about to know what others who have made similar decisions, like Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, have learned: don't attack the LGBT community with unconstitutional laws that are the fruit of ignorance and bigotry. 

    North Carolina's Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper opposes HB2, the bill McCrory called for and signed into law just 12 hours after lawmakers rammed it through the General Assembly in a special session. Cooper, who is challenging McCrory for the governorship, said it best: "The governor lit the match and stood aside, while the fire grew out of control."

    The New York Times' Editorial Board on Friday blasted McCrory, calling HB2 "an appalling, unconstitutional bill," and calling for citizens to unseat their governor. "Voters should reject the candidate who made the state a pioneer in bigotry."

    But it gets worse.

    Many major U.S., multi-national, and North Carolina billion-dollar corporations, and institutions, are denouncing McCrory's new law, many of which do business, pay taxes, and employ many people in the Tar Heel State. Apple, American Airlines, Bank of America, Biogen, Burt's Bees, Citrix, Dow Chemicals, Duke University, ESPN, Facebook, Google, IBM, Lowe’s, the NBA, the NCAA, PayPal, Redhat, and others have made public statements condemning HB2.

    The question now becomes, will these major corporations put their money where their mouths are, so to speak, and will LGBT organizations, the LGBT community, and North Carolina residents join together to force lawmakers to repeal McCrory's law, or will they succumb to time and intolerance?

    RELATED: Pat McCrory Says He Signed the Broadest Anti-LGBT Bill in the Nation to Prevent Government Overreach

    Gov. McCrory thought he could hammer his personal beliefs into law. Ironically, he claimed he signed what is the broadest anti-LGBT bill in the country to prevent "government overreach." He disrespected the City of Charlotte and her people, its exceptionally talented and credentialed mayor, and the vast majority of North Carolina voters who oppose McCrory's actions. He's about to learn what all this feels like. Even so, he will never understand what it's like to be transgender and need to use a public restroom. As one sixth grader wrote in a local North Carolina newspaper, "some people just need to use the bathroom."

     

    EARLIER:

    NOW: Activists Protest Anti-LGBT Bill at Governor's Mansion and Throughout North Carolina (Video)

     

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    • commented 2016-03-25 21:37:43 -0400
      Here’s hoping that the black eye and public embarrassment this hateful law has created continues to grow and expand…and that this decision costs the state millions and millions of dollars. Now these companies need to put their money where their mouth is….Tweets are one thing, but punishing the State financially requires commitment from these businesses to follow through..

    • commented 2016-03-25 17:15:03 -0400
      It is interesting to see who has spoken up against this bill and who has not. Duke has spoken out, but other schools have not. Business have spoken out, but only a few elected officials have. Hillary has spoken out, Bernie has not. Several religious bodies have spoken against the bill, but they get no coverage. Do we really know, or want to know who is on our side, or is it just easie to complain?
      Just saying

    • commented 2016-03-25 15:19:43 -0400
      It’s weird that we often look to government to protect us from businesses’ excesses, but sometimes only businesses’ can protect us from government excesses.

    • commented 2016-03-25 14:36:47 -0400
      Tweets are cheap. We need money to fund opponents for these legislators. We need money to help turn the state Supreme Court back to a body that can stop these democracy-proof gerrymandered districts that allow this legislators to keep their seats.

      And more, we need people who claim “Bernie of Bust” to see that this is what happens when you refuse to vote because your preferred politician doesn’t placate you enough. This NC legislature was created in 2010 when Obama supporters decided they didn’t want to vote the next time around.

    • commented 2016-03-25 12:51:29 -0400
      Here’s an idea: Remember the “It gets better campaign”? Let’s start an “I won’t go to your church anymore” campaign to help folks discredit and leave churches that preach hate. Imagine the conversations that will be started when gay and gay friendly youth start making videos refusing to participate in houses of hate and these places start seeing their collection plates lighten! We should make it clear, that we are not attacking ALL churches; just the ones that harm folks. This has moved beyond the legal arena and into the moral and religious one. Whether we like it or not, the next battle has to be won in the MORAL arena. We have to create a big enough financial and social problem for these churches that will force them to pull their resources out of anti-gay activism and into survival.

    • commented 2016-03-25 11:44:26 -0400
      All accomplished in a “special session”, yet…?

      #DoYourJob is a call to duty that is going to haunt what’s left of the ’Merkun Tea-O-P trainwreck all Summer long, and if we are lucky, onward until the GOP Klowndidate who will be asked to support McCrory on this, reaches NO-vember.

    • commented 2016-03-25 11:23:20 -0400
      Sadly, the vast majority of NC Democratic voters don’t vote, which is how NC got to where it is now.

    • commented 2016-03-25 11:18:35 -0400
      “I know” said “governor” McCrory. “Let’s make genital checks mandatory across the state!”

      Now, when “Good Christians” use public facilities in NC, they can feel confident that someone will be doing official on-demand, state-sanctioned peeks at other people’s junk. Because children need to be encouraged to do genital checks whenever anyone wants to the bathroom.

      WHAT IS UP WITH THE GOP’s PERVERSE TASTE FOR ILLEGALLAWBASED ENTIRELY ON THEIR IRRATIONAL SEXUAL ELITISM, ANYWAY?!?!

      #nogoingbackwards

      #DoYourJob

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