N. Carolina governor moves to block conversion therapy funds

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ABOVE: N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper addresses lawmakers in July. Photo courtesy Gov. Cooper’s Facebook page.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) | North Carolina’s state health department is barred from allowing public funds to pay for conversion therapy for minors, a controversial practice aimed at changing young LGBTQ people’s sexual orientations, under an order signed Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Advocacy groups praised the Democratic governor’s executive order as a pioneering step to restrict the therapy in the U.S. South.

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Gay-friendly Apple weighs North Carolina despite LGBTQ laws

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gay-rights advocates are divided on whether to cheer or bemoan a potential marriage between the state of North Carolina and one of the global corporations most friendly to LGBTQ workers and causes.

Feelings remain raw over North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill, which prompted a boycott campaign. Many advocates remain frustrated that a legislative compromise that put an end to the controversy still allows discrimination against them.

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Lawyer rebukes Mississippi lawmakers for ‘religious freedom’ law

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Jackson, Miss. (AP) – An attorney argues in court papers that Mississippi cannot be allowed to constantly put up new barriers to same-sex marriage.

Roberta Kaplan represents the Campaign for Southern Equality and two lesbian couples. They are trying to block an incoming state law lets clerks cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex partners.

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