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Jun 30, 2023

The Supreme Court rules for a designer who doesn’t want to make wedding websites for gay couples

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a defeat for gay rights, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled on Friday that a Christian graphic artist who wants to design wedding websites can refuse to work with same-sex couples. One of the court’s liberal justices wrote in a dissent that the decision’s effect is to “mark gays and lesbians […]

Oct 12, 2021

NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson criticized over anti-LGBT views

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is facing calls to resign from elected officials and LGBTQ advocacy groups over comments he made criticizing sexual education and likening gay and transgender people to “filth.” “There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth,” [&hel[...]

Jan 11, 2021

N.C. towns considering more LGBT protections after moratorium

HILLSBOROUGH (AP) — Three North Carolina municipalities plan this week to discuss ordinances to expand more anti-discrimination protections to LGBT citizens. Town boards for these Orange County communities have placed proposals on their agendas on successive nights, beginning Monday in Hillsborough. Carrboro’s council meets Tuesday and Chapel Hill’s on Wednesday. Gay-rights groups sa[...]

Jan 4, 2021

Court: N.C. domestic violence order rule harms LGBT people

RALEIGH (AP) — Domestic violence protection orders issued by North Carolina judges to keep apart people in abusive or frightening dating relationships must be granted in same-sex cases as well, a divided state appeals court panel ruled Thursday. North Carolina appears to be the only state that expressly limits such restraining orders upon dating couples […]

Jan 28, 2020

LGBT community awaits Supreme Court’s direction on employment protections

BY JOSH VAN KAMPEN and LANA TIGRI If you ask your neighbor whether it’s legal to fire a worker because he’s gay, you’ll get an unequivocal response—employers can’t do that. And if you consult public polling on the issue, there too you would find overwhelming support for providing employment protections to LGBT workers. But the […]

Oct 10, 2019

Divided Supreme Court weighs LGBT people’s rights

A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday over whether a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment, with one conservative justice wondering if the court should take heed of “massive social upheaval” that could follow a ruling in their favor. With the court’s four liberal justices likely to side with workers […]

Feb 21, 2017

Governor offers ‘compromise’ for repealing LGBT law

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper proposed Feb. 14 what he called a compromise to repeal the state’s so-called bathroom bill, saying a new measure is designed to allay fears by some over public bathroom safety. But a powerful leader in the Republican-controlled General Assembly dismissed it, signaling that any agreement between the […]

Aug 2, 2016

Federal judge grills GOP lawyers over need for bathroom law

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge lobbed tough questions at GOP lawyers Monday as he considered whether to block a North Carolina legal measure governing transgender bathroom access, asking pointedly how the law was making people safer. The Republican lawyers urged U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder to deny the preliminary injunction sought by transgender plaintiffs, […]

Aug 1, 2016

Judge mulling LGBT law has GOP and big-business pedigree

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fate of the North Carolina law governing transgender restroom access rests in the hands of a judge appointed by President George W. Bush who recently sided with the state’s Republican leaders by upholding a voter ID law — but just had that decision overturned by a federal appeals court. U.S. District […]

Jul 28, 2016

Bathroom law pushes prosecutors conference to Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A group of progressive prosecutors from across the country is moving its conference to Boulder from North Carolina because of that state’s law transgender bathroom law. The Daily Camera reports more than two dozen district attorneys will discuss jail populations, sentencing reform, juvenile justice and other issues during the gathering Thursday […]

Jul 27, 2016

N. Carolina GOP spends over $176,000 to defend House Bill 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than $176,000 in legal bills have been racked up by North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and state GOP legislative leaders to defend the law directing transgender people to use school or government restrooms corresponding to their birth certificate. According to an Associated Press review of legal bills already submitted […]

Jul 25, 2016

Blame game follows NBA’s removal of Charlotte All-Star game

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far. The 2017 event’s departure from Charlotte deprives the […]

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