Effects of ‘bathroom bill’ linger in North Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The law that replaced North Carolina’s notorious “bathroom bill” sports a new look but maintains LGBT discrimination and prevents transgender people from using restrooms matching their gender identity, according to a lawsuit July 21.

The lawsuit renews a high-profile legal battle that has thrust North Carolina into the center of the national debate over LGBT rights. The state took the “bathroom bill” off the books in late March after a yearlong backlash that hurt North Carolina’s reputation and caused businesses and sports leagues to back out of lucrative events and projects.

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Appeals court rejects challenge to same-sex marriage recusal law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a North Carolina law that allows magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

The Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling June 28 that three couples who sued to overturn the law lack standing to challenge the law’s use of taxpayer funds.

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Authorities investigating juror in church’s gay beating case

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RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina authorities are investigating a juror who brought unauthorized documents to jury deliberations, causing a mistrial in the case of a minister charged with beating a gay congregant.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ricky McKinney told The Associated Press on Thursday his department and the prosecutor’s office are investigating the actions of 71-year-old Perry Shade Jr.

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Juror contempt prompts mistrial in North Carolina church abuse case

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RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (AP) – A judge held a juror in contempt and declared a mistrial June 6 in the case of a North Carolina church minister charged in the beating a congregant who says he was attacked to expel his “homosexual demons.”

Superior Court Judge Gary Gavenus immediately sentenced the juror, Terry Shade Jr., to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. Gavenus said the juror brought in three documents, including one related to North Carolina law, but it wasn’t the right law pertaining to the charges in the case.

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NC governor vows executive order to expand LGBT protections

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Roy Cooper vowed May 16 to act on his own to improve LGBT protections in North Carolina, where he faces criticism for compromising with Republicans to partially repeal a law limiting anti-discrimination protections.

“I’m going to issue an executive order pretty soon that is comprehensive, that helps with LGBT protections,” Cooper said during a conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the liberal group Center for American Progress.

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Bank adds 1,200 North Carolina jobs stalled by anti-LGBTQ law

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MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Credit Suisse has long planned to shift jobs to North Carolina as it downsizes, but the Swiss bank says it had to put those plans on hold until the legislature partially repealed the state’s law limiting the rights of gay and transgender people.

The bank announced a major expansion in the state Tuesday, promising 1,200 jobs with an average salary of more than $100,000 at its North Carolina technology hub after the state promised more than $40 million in tax incentives.

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NCAA returns events to NC after state makes changes to LGBTQ law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)- The NCAA has awarded coveted men’s basketball tournament games and other events to North Carolina, effectively ending a boycott that helped force the state to repeal parts of a law that limited protections for LGBTQ people.

The governing body announced decisions Tuesday for events through 2022, two weeks after the NCAA said it had “reluctantly” agreed to consider North Carolina again for hosting duties. It had stripped North Carolina of seven championship events for the past sports season, including opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games, and said it could relocate more events if there wasn’t a change in the “bathroom bill.”

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Washington State reinstitutes N.C. travel ban after HB2 deal

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Washington State has reinstated its ban on state-sponsored travel to North Carolina — first enacted over anti-LGBT House Bill 2 — in the aftermath of the imposition of a new replacement law civil rights groups say is still discriminatory.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a memo on Thursday putting in place a new ban on state-funded travel to North Carolina after his previous ban expired when North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, signed the new measure.

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US Rep. Joe Kennedy urges NCAA to keep NC sports boycott

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The latest member of the Kennedy clan in Congress is urging the NCAA to continue steering championship sporting events away from North Carolina over the refusal of politicians to allow local laws that protect LGBTQ residents from discrimination.

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts said April 3 he’s speaking up because he says last week’s law repealing House Bill 2 still violates civil rights for transgender people.

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NCAA restores games to North Carolina despite new anti-LGBT law

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association has decided to restore games to North Carolina in the aftermath of the state reaching a deal to replace anti-LGBT House Bill 2 with another measure that civil rights groups say is also discriminatory.

The league announced its decision Tuesday, saying the conclusion was reached after the board of directors evaluated the replacement signed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper after negotiations with Republican leaders.

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HB2 deal becomes a test of the LGBT movement’s strength

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A new test for the LGBT movement has emerged in the aftermath of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signing a deal to replace his state’s notoriously anti-LGBT House Bill 2 with a measure that critics say leaves discrimination in place.

In a rare occurrence, LGBT rights supporters will have to convince businesses the deal signed by a Democratic governor is bad enough to continue the boycott started after the anti-LGBT law was signed by the previous GOP governor that cost the state at least $650 million. That’ll be a tall order for a deal Cooper says alleviates discrimination in a state that has already suffered economic boycotts under HB2 and where companies are eager to grow after more than a year of business contraction.

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Cooper signs deal to replace HB2 as LGBT advocates cry betrayal

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed Thursday a proposal to replace North Carolina’s anti-LGBT House Bill 2 with another law enabling anti-LGBT discrimination, prompting cries of betrayal from LGBT advocates who say he disregarded his campaign promise to sign the bill in full.

The measure, House Bill 142, was approved on a bipartisan basis Thursday in the Senate by a vote of 32-16 and the House by vote of 70-48 after Republican leaders and Cooper announced the deal late Wednesday night. Cooper announced during a news conference later in the day he signed the bill.

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