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May 11, 2016

Bills addressing college costs, immigration, pay filed

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers offered bills before a self-imposed deadline Tuesday addressing the cost of college education, penalties for “sanctuary cities,” economic incentives and worker pay. House and Senate members filed close to 120 pieces of legislation before this year’s cutoff for bills that would affect next year’s budget or that study […]

May 11, 2016

UNC head on LGBT law: Colleges can’t run without fed funds

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Leaders of North Carolina’s public universities met Tuesday to grapple with a looming threat that the federal government could withhold billions of dollars if the state loses a legal battle over transgender students and bathrooms. A North Carolina law adopted in March requires transgender people to use the bathroom or […]

May 10, 2016

Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide

There was a showdown in Houston last fall. This spring, North Carolina became the battleground. By now, confrontations have flared across the country over whether to protect or curtail the right of transgender people to use public restrooms in accordance with their gender identity. The upshot, in virtually every case, has been emotional debate over privacy, […]

May 10, 2016

California Assembly passes gender-neutral restrooms bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers advanced a proposal Monday that would require all single-stall public restrooms to be gender neutral. The vote came hours after North Carolina’s governor sued the federal government to defend a law in that state requiring transgender people to use the restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate. Members of […]

May 10, 2016

Lynch: NC transgender law part of civil rights struggle

WASHINGTON (AP) — In suing her home state for discriminating against transgender people, Attorney General Loretta Lynch invoked the defining civil rights struggles of the last century and made clear that the federal government sees its dispute with North Carolina as about far more than bathrooms and showers. Lynch, a native North Carolinian and the first […]

May 9, 2016

North Carolina governor leads lawsuit over LGBT rights

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration sued the federal government Monday in a fight for a state law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The lawsuit seeks to keep in place the law, which the U.S. Justice Department said last week violated the civil rights of transgender […]

May 9, 2016

North Carolina gov. faces Fed’s Monday deadline on LGBT law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory shows no signs of backing down in the face of the federal government’s Monday deadline to declare he won’t enforce the new state law limiting protections for LGBT people — defiance that could risk funding for the state’s university system and lead to a protracted legal battle. […]

May 6, 2016

NC college system’s federal funds in crosshairs of LGBT law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s prized public universities could be the biggest losers as state leaders defend a new law limiting the rights of LGBT people. The 17-university system, which includes the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University as well several historically black colleges, risks losing more than […]

May 5, 2016

North Carolina leaders denounce federal threat on LGBT law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Giving no indication of yielding to pressure, North Carolina’s Republican leaders called a federal warning about the legality of the state’s new law limiting LGBT anti-discrimination rules a broad overreach by the government. Gov. Pat McCrory and top state legislators were determining what steps to take after the U.S. Justice Department […]

May 4, 2016

US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that a North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can’t be enforced. The Justice Department’s intervention puts the state in danger of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal school funding. In a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, the department put the st[...]

Apr 28, 2016

4th Circuit ruling in transgender case to play into HB2 lawsuit

North Carolina’s effort to make transgender individuals use public bathrooms that correspond with their birth gender, rather than the one they identify with, has suffered a potentially significant setback, thanks to a recent decision out of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 4th Circuit’s 2-1 decision in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board […]

Apr 26, 2016

Colorado court: Ruling stands that baker can’t cite religion

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case of a suburban Denver baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, letting stand a previous ruling that the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner must provide service despite his Christian beliefs. Charlie Craig and David Mullins, who were refused […]

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