North Carolina Governor’s Statement Wrongly Slams ‘Obama Courts’
Gov. Pat McCrory has just issued a statement attacking a federal appeals court decision Tuesday that upheld the equality rights of transgender students. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to rehear a Virginia caseÂ yesterday in which it had already decided that under federal law transgender students have the right to sue for sex discrimination. North Carolina is under the rule of the 4th Circuit, and Gov. McCrory knows that this is yet another ruling that proves his anti-LGBT law HB2 illegal.
In his statement the North Carolina Republican governor attacks the “Obama courts and administration” for wanting to ensure transgender students are not discriminated against.
But Tuesday’s majority ruling was written by a judge originally placed on the federal bench by President George W. Bush. And while President Obama nominated Judge Henry Floyd to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, he was unanimously confirmed in 2011 by a majority Republican Senate, 96-0. A South Carolina native, his nominationÂ was supported by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Just in: NC gov McCrory statement angry that 4th Circuit denied anti-trans school boardâ€™s request for rehearing. pic.twitter.com/KF5u6U1fnK
â€” Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) June 1, 2016
McCrory also quotes Judge Paul Niemeyer, who wrote the dissenting opinion in Tuesday’s 2-1 ruling. McCrory forgot to mention Niemeyer dissented.
In his statement (above, via Buzzfeed’s Dominic Holden), McCrory also calls for the Virginia case to head to the U.S. Supreme Court. Given the court’s current makeup, it’s more than likely the 4th Circuit ruling will be upheld.
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Trump Butchers Language During Massive India Welcome Rally — as Crowd Walks Out on His Speech
President Donald Trump butchered several Indian words during a speech on his first official visit to the country.
Trump addressed a massive public rally Monday in Gujarat, the home state of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, and struggled to pronounce several words, reported BBC.
The U.S. president bungled his pronunciation of Ahmedabad, the city where he was speaking, and the name of Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda.
Trump, who entered to the music of Elton John, also called the Vedas — ancient Hindu texts — the “Vestas.”
BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan reported that crowds began leaving midway through Trump’s speech, which came after Modi spoke.
Carnival Celebration Includes Burning Effigy of Kissing Same-Sex Couple as Children Watch and Adults Applaud
The town of Imotski in the mostly-Catholic country of Croatia is getting attention after its leaders decided to burn an effigy of a same-sex couple kissing, and holding a child, as part of a 150-year old annual carnival celebration.
As the video below shows, the figures of two men kissing were lit on fire, and were quickly engulfed by flames as adults cheered and applauded and young children stood and watched. Confetti was thrown, some of the children were unsure what to make of the hateful spectacle, and a few appeared excited. One little girl applauded and then quickly walked off. Several attendees, including children, filmed the event for posterity.
One of the figures burned “clearly showed the face of Social Democratic Party MP Nenad Stazic, who has campaigned in parliament for same-sex couples to be allowed to foster children,” BalkanInsight reports. “His character had also a red star on his forehead, the symbol of former communist Yugoslavia.”
One of the carnival organizers defended the choice of burning a same-sex couple.
“We remain conservative, sticking to tradition. Give the baby to a mother, as the saying goes. We think that’s right.”
But political leaders, including the country’s president, and activists are speaking out.
“The symbolic burning of same-sex partners with a foster child in Imotski is a sad, inhumane and totally unacceptable act in the guise of the ‘Bakova povorka’ festivities,” President Zoran Milanovic wrote on Facebook, according to Total Croatia News.
The organizers who staged this shameful event, in the name of tradition, deserve the strongest public condemnation because of the hatred they have demonstrated toward for others. Intolerance and inhumanity are not and will not be a Croatian tradition,” he added, while pointing out that “many children watched this event, thus witnessing the spread of hatred and inciting violence.”
The nation’s Education Minister, Blazenka Divjak, and Economy Minister, Darko Horvat, also condemned the display.
“The scary scenes from Imotski cannot be justified by carnival customs,” the Rainbow Family Association’s Daniel Martinovic said. “What kind of message is being sent to our children, children who nowadays in Croatia grow up with lesbian mothers or gay fathers?”
Total Croatia News reports criminal charges will be brought against the carnival’s organizer.
Watch – the hateful act begins near the end of the video at about the 1:41:00 mark:
Hat tip: Towleroad
This article has been updated to include a more accurate translation.
Harvey Weinstein Guilty of Sexual Assault Including Rape
Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of two counts sexual assault and not guilty of sexual predation by a jury in New York. He was found guilty on one count of rape and not guilty on another. Allegations made by two women are the foundation of the case. More than 100 women have accused Weinstein of various acts of sexual misconduct, including rape.
BREAKING: Harvey Weinstein convicted on 2 out of 5 counts – criminal sexual act in the 1st degree and rape in the 3rd degree
— James Queally (@JamesQueallyLAT) February 24, 2020
“The jury in New York convicted Weinstein, 67, of third-degree rape against former aspiring actress Jessica Mann, as well as a count of criminal sexual act in the first-degree against former production assistant Mimi Haley,” NBC News reports. “But the jury found him not guilty on the two most serious counts, predatory sexual assault, as well as a count of first-degree rape against Mann.”
Weinstein could “go straight to jail,” former federal prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst Cynthia Alksne said.
On Friday the jury said they were unanimous on some of the five charges but deadlocked on others. The judge asked them to continue deliberating, which they did Monday morning, quickly reaching a conclusion after five days.
UPDATE: 12:30 PM ET –
Judge has remanded Weinstein into custody without bail.
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