Bid to extend protections to Montana LGBTQs stirs emotions

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HELENA, Mont. (AP)- Advocates launched a new bid Wednesday to extend non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across Montana – undeterred by a long string of prior legislative defeats.

Proponents this time argue that extending protections would be good for Montana’s business climate.

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South Dakota to consider transgender locker room bill

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP)- South Dakota lawmakers will consider restricting which locker rooms transgender students can use, reigniting a bitter fight from last year over what school facilities are open to transgender students.

The bill, introduced Wednesday by two Republican lawmakers, would require public school students to use the locker rooms, shower rooms and changing facilities that match their sex at birth. It comes after Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a broader bill last year that also applied to bathrooms. His chief of staff, Tony Venhuizen, said Wednesday that Daugaard intends to veto a bill that is “substantially the same” as last year’s measure.

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NC leaders ask court for delay in LGBTQ law appeal

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RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s Republican leaders say a federal appeals court should wait for a U.S. Supreme Court case to be resolved before weighing in on a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

Lawyers for legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory filed a motion Nov. 9 asking the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to delay the case on House Bill 2 until the Supreme Court decides a Virginia case concerning transgender restroom access.

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LGBTQ law, hurricane jostle N. Carolina governor race

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Greensboro, N.C. (AP) — Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has been unable to quash the firestorm over his signing of a law limiting protections for LGBTQ people, while trying to focus his re-election bid on North Carolina’s economy, taxes, teacher pay and his recent response to historic flooding.

That legislation has reinforced this election as a referendum on North Carolina’s conservative shift under McCrory and the Republican-led legislature. The gubernatorial contest is one of the nation’s most competitive, with several polls showing McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper in a statistical tie.

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Transgender man suing over Indiana law blocking name change

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A transgender man granted asylum by the U.S. last year is challenging an Indiana law that prevents him from changing his first name to a male name that matches his gender identity.

The 31-year-old, who was brought to Indiana from Mexico illegally by his parents at age six, contends in his federal lawsuit that Indiana’s law requiring anyone seeking a name-change to provide proof of U.S. citizenship is unconstitutional and essentially forces him to “out” himself as transgender whenever he must display his driver’s license.

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Duke Energy CEO says utility avoiding North Carolina LGBT law fight

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CARY, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. aims to stay out of the fight over North Carolina’s law limiting protections for LGBT people, the company’s CEO said, noting the company is heavily regulated by the state.

“I’m in a regulated industry with responsibility for keeping the lights on, and my focus is there and attracting a workforce that makes us better, and that’s a diverse workforce,” CEO Lynn Good told The Associated Press.

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Citizen Group drops lawsuit over North Carolina restroom law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A citizens group has dropped a lawsuit defending a North Carolina law governing transgender restroom access.

North Carolinians for Privacy filed a notice Aug. 31 that they were voluntarily dismissing their case, one of several pending in federal court.

The move will streamline the knot of litigation over the law. The state’s Republican leaders are continuing to defend the law in two other cases before the same judge, and trial is scheduled for November.

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Gov. Christie: NBA move of All-Star game ‘grandstanding’

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the NBA’s decision to move its All-Star Game from Charlotte because of a law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people was “grandstanding.”

Christie made the remarks while co-hosting the WFAN “Boomer and Carton” morning radio show Aug. 5.

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NBA moving All-Star Game out of Charlotte, cites LGBT law

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The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

The league had expressed its opposition to the law known as HB2 since it was enacted in March, and its decision Thursday came shortly after stage legislators revisited the law and chose to leave it largely unchanged.

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Virginia county supervisors approve compromise to LGBT resolution

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Washington (AP) — Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors approved a compromise method for honoring victims of the June 12 terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, that’s an alternative to a polarizing motion to recognize June as LGBT Awareness Month.

Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg) proposed the awareness-month bill in June, as a way “to acknowledge that we support equal rights for all citizens in this county.” 

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Trump opposes “bathroom bills” on basis of economics

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Jersey City, N.J. (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose, wading into one of the most contentious issues in politics and opposing many in his party.

Speaking at a town hall event on NBC’s “Today,” Trump was asked about North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom law,” which, among other things, requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate in state government buildings as well as public schools and universities.

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Raleigh tourism agency reports $3 million lost in North Carolina… and counting

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Raleigh (AP) – The agency that promotes tourism in Raleigh says losses have reached $3 million because of cancellations prompted by the protests of North Carolina’s law on LGBT rights.

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau told local media April 18 that economic losses from the law have quadrupled in the past week.

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