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North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory concedes election


North Carolina’s unpopular governor, Pat McCrory, has conceded to Democratic candidate Roy Cooper.

The governor had been responsible for the sweeping anti-LGBT law known as HB2, which, among other things, required transgender people to use the incorrect public restrooms. Many sports events, conventions, and businesses have recently decided to operate elsewhere due to the inequality of that law.

Cooper has a history defending LGBT people: as attorney general, he declined to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Democrats lost the state legislature, so repeal of HB2 may not be possible; however, a federal court last week ordered a statewide special election with redrawn districts in 2017.


  • 1. scream4ever  |  December 5, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Finally some good news!

  • 2. VIRick  |  December 5, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Here's a second, concurring opinion: "Bye, Felicia."

    North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Governor McCrory Finally Concedes

    Still lagging by about 10,000 votes in the gubernatorial election, North Carolina's infamous governor Pat McCrory has finally conceded, paving the way for an LGBT-friendly governor to assume office.

    Attorney-General Roy Cooper will be North Carolina's next governor. He's a Democrat and a staunch opponent of HB2, the intensely homophobic, transphobic bill signed into law by McCrory this year. HB2 rescinded all LGBT protections in the state, banned future protections, and mandated what public restrooms transgender North Carolinians could use. The state has lost billions in revenue following the boycotts and the intense outcry over HB2. McCrory also enacted a voter ID law in 2014 that disenfranchised thousands of minority voters.

    After challenging the election results for weeks, McCrory finally conceded in a video released on Monday, 5 December 2016, where he (foolishly and quite stupidly) claims North Carolina is in a better position because of his leadership.

  • 3. VIRick  |  December 5, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Virginia: Anti-LGBT Group Files Brief in Fairfax County Schools Lawsuit

    On 2 December 2016, Liberty Counsel filed a brief with the Virginia Supreme Court in its lawsuit that challenges the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the Fairfax County School District’s nondiscrimination policy.

    The anti-LGBT legal group maintains that members of the Fairfax County School Board violated state law when they added LGBT-specific protections to the district’s nondiscrimination policy in November 2014 and May 2015 respectively. The lawsuit specifically refers to the Dillon Rule, which the Liberty Counsel argues prohibits school boards from adding sexual orientation and gender identity to their nondiscrimination policy unless the Virginia General Assembly were to pass a law allowing them to do so.

    Virginia’s statewide nondiscrimination law does not include sexual orientation or gender identity. Attorney-General Mark Herring wrote in a 2015 opinion that state law does allow school boards to ban anti-LGBT discrimination in their respective districts.

    The Liberty Counsel last December filed a lawsuit against the policy on behalf of Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty and an unnamed minor. The complaint also names his parents and two of their friends as defendants.

    Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Brett Kassabian dismissed the lawsuit earlier this year. The Liberty Counsel then appealed the decision to the Virginia Supreme Court, which announced in September that it would consider the case.

  • 4. guitaristbl  |  December 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    This is probably the only really good thing to come out of the election and while it may not have a practical meaning as to the fate of HB2 itself given the GOP supermajorities in the NC legislature, it will definately have an impact on decisions taken by other governors and legislatures accross the country as to whether they are willing to get themselves into this debate and risk facing McCrory's fate.
    Apart from trump's election the onslaught of anti-LGBT bills, especially bathroom bills, will start in January 2017 so this is a boost to fight that even more efficiently.

  • 5. scream4ever  |  December 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Indeed. The same goes for Scott Garrett losing in New Jersey.

    Thankfully, the upcoming litigation from North Carolina and Virginia will put the kibbash on such bills.

  • 6. VIRick  |  December 5, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Trump Elector: I Refuse to Cast My Vote For Trump Because I’ve Sworn to Defend the Constitution

    From his op-ed published tonight, 5 December 2016, by the "New York Times:"

    I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference.

    I do not think president-elects should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on 19 December for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.

    Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the 11 September attacks against our nation. That attack and this year’s election may seem unrelated, but for me the relationship becomes clearer every day.

    George W. Bush is an imperfect man, but he led us through the tragic days following the attacks. His leadership showed that America was a great nation. That was also the last time I remember the nation united. I watch Mr. Trump fail to unite America and drive a wedge between us.

    Mr. Trump goes out of his way to attack the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for bias. He tweets day and night, but waited two days to offer sympathy to the Ohio State community after an attack there. He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage.

    This is unacceptable. For me, America is that shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan envisioned. It has problems. It has challenges. These can be met and overcome just as our nation overcame 11 September.

    The full statement concludes with this: “Fifteen years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. On 19 December, I will do it again.”

    The full statement is here:

    The full statement carries a location marking of Dallas, and appears to have been written by Christopher Suprun who lives in Texas and works as a paramedic

  • 7. Fortguy  |  December 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

    It is indeed Suprun.

    Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune: Texas Republican elector says he won't vote for Trump

  • 8. theperchybird  |  December 5, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Cooper's victory could mean a victory for voting rights in the state since the Governor's party get to be the majority of the electoral board in the state. Cooper and his team will want to axe any voting restrictions left over from the last election – Sunday voting is especially important as is offering more voting sites; one area had 1 polling place to accommodate tens of thousands, that's ridiculous. Hopefully with more people allowed to vote, the Democrats work from the ground up to get more support in the state and flip it like Obama did in 2008.

  • 9. VIRick  |  December 6, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Malta: First Country in Europe to Ban ‘Gay Cure’ Therapy

    Malta has made history as the first European country to ban gay conversion therapy. On 6 December 2016, the island nation passed the bill that will mean any medical professional found guilty of prescribing the so-called ‘gay cure’ therapy could be jailed.

    Politicians voted through the Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression Bill, labelling gay cure therapy as “deceptive and harmful." The new ban will see anyone who is found guilty fined up to $5,000, or in the most serious cases, even being sent behind bars for up to five years.

    The new law will see Malta retain its position as one of the most progressive places in the world for LGBT rights. Professional bodies welcomed the news, with The Malta Chamber of Psychologists, the Maltese Association of Psychiatry, the Malta Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession all expressing their satisfaction at the bill’s passing.

  • 10. scream4ever  |  December 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Wonderful. Kinda surprised they haven't passed marriage yet.

  • 11. theperchybird  |  December 7, 2016 at 12:24 am

    They could've, but the ruling coalition kind of chickened out. They made it civil unions with full adoption and registration of foreign marriages as marriages.

    The opposition wasn't allowed a free vote on the civil unions law because of the adoption provision and several members publicly decried that decision saying they supported the law and didn't like being told to whip vote against it. In the end the Opposition just abstained from voting completely to the dismay of those members. The law still passed without them, but the margin of victory would've been greater. Who knows, maybe with free votes from all parties they might've considered marriage since there would be less playing politics and fear of losing seats at the next election.

    Now the leader of the Opposition says he's also in favor of expanding marriage rights, we'll see what happens.

  • 12. guitaristbl  |  December 6, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    That did not take long…

    "Pat McCrory to meet Trump 2 days after conceding the election"

    Possible cabinet post here for the only ousted governor this year ?

  • 13. JayJonson  |  December 7, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Am I being too conspiracy-ish to think that maybe McCrory's recount efforts scared the Trump people. After all, in the counties that were recounted Cooper's vote increased. Perhaps the Trump people were afraid that if there were a state-wide recount and Cooper's lead increased, then the Clinton campaign might also ask for a recount, which might find that Clinton had actually won the state. The Trump may have wanted to bribe McCrory to drop the recount efforts.

  • 14. VIRick  |  December 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Texas Association of Business: Report and Warning

    Per Equality Case Files:

    Setting the stage for one of the most contentious debates awaiting next year’s legislative session, Texas’ leading business group released a report Tuesday, 6 December 2016, warning that bills targeting gay and transgender rights could severely hinder the Texas economy.

    "The Texas Association of Business report concluded that, if passed, such proposed laws could cost the state economy $8.5 billion a year and threaten 185,000 jobs, primarily in the state’s travel and tourism industry. These are conservative projections based on hard data that tracks what is happening in other states,” Chris Wallace, president of the business group, said during a Capitol news conference.

    “Protecting Texas from billions of dollars in losses is simple: Don’t pass unnecessary laws that discriminate against Texans and our visitors,” Wallace said. “We cannot slam the door on the Texas miracle of openness, competitiveness, economic opportunity, and innovation.”

  • 15. Fortguy  |  December 7, 2016 at 12:05 am

    The TAB, effectively the state's chamber of commerce, does not speak credibly on this issue. They are just like Trump donors and endorsers who are now loudly complaining that he continues to use divisive rhetoric and appoint fringe outliers to his cabinet. Until the TAB is willing to spend money on pro-business Dems running against the cultural warriors whose bills they claim to abhor rather than reflexively funding our enemies for no better reason than they wear the GOP label, then what point do they serve? What do they really expect to accomplish?

  • 16. VIRick  |  December 6, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    North Carolina: Up-Date on Original Suit Against HB2

    Per Equality Case Files:

    Today, 6 December 2016, in "Carcaño v. McCrory," the plaintiffs' appeal to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals of the narrow scope of the preliminary injunction against North Carolina's HB2, the 4th Circuit Court has denied the state defendants' motions to dismiss this appeal and has declined to put the preliminary injunction on hold.

    The Order is here:

    Additionally, this case was scheduled for oral argument in late January, but has now been continued to a later session, date not yet announced:

  • 17. scream4ever  |  December 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I assume the change in Governorship will affect this case, likely for the better since no one is defending it now.

  • 18. VIRick  |  December 6, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Indeed, that is most likely why the oral argument phase of the appeal has been continued for a later date. Once the new administration takes office, the state will undoubtedly drop its appeal, and Carcaño will thus have won, striking down the transgender bathroom portion of HB2.

  • 19. scream4ever  |  December 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Good to hear. Hopefully the rest of it will be struck down eventually as well, which would effectively nullify similar bans in Arkansas and Tennessee, although enforcement of the Arkansas ban is currently stayed pending appeal.

  • 20. VIRick  |  December 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Ecuador: Presidential Candidates and their Discussion of Same-Sex Marriage

    ¿Qué responden los presidenciables sobre el matrimonio igualitario en Ecuador?

    En el amplio diálogo que plantea Paco Moncayo sobre el matrimonio igualitario, el general retirado, quien es el abanderado de sectores que se consideran de izquierda en Ecuador, sostiene que la Constitución de 2008 fue aprobada por un 86% de los votantes.álog

    What do presidential candidates say about marriage equality in Ecuador?

    In Paco Moncayo's extensive dialogue on marriage equality, the retired general, who is the champion of sectors that are considered leftist in Ecuador, argues that the Constitution of 2008 was approved by 86% of the voters.

    The article continues on (in Spanish) in extreme depth, how the candidate's plan talks about inclusion and diversity, but without specifically stating "sexual inclusion" and "sexual diversity." Instead, it appears to focus more on ethnic inclusion and ethnic diversity.

    However, based on the postures of the other seven candidates for the presidency, Paco Moncayo appears to be the most likely to initiate constitutional change leading toward same-sex marriage (rather than just the same-sex civil unions, as at present), as well as striking down the ban on same-sex couples being able to adopt.

    Oh, and as a serious side-note: It was reassuringly refreshing to read an account of a civilized discussion of a civilized topic presented in a civilized manner by a civilized group of presidential candidates, all of whom are vying for the highest office in Ecuador, as compared to the veritable shit-storm of "Believe me, folks," which recently engulfed the USA.

    Also, despite the legal shortcomings inherent in Ecuador's present civil unions, given that residency is not required, same-sex couples from Venezuela, Peru, Central America, and even Cuba, continue to travel to Ecuador to be "civil unioned." By comparison, even though Colombia has legalized same-sex marriage, at least one member of the couple must be a Colombian citizen/resident.

  • 21. VIRick  |  December 6, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Belize: LGBT Activist Receives Award for Battle to Overturn Anti-Gay Law

    An LGBT activist from Belize is the winner of this year’s David Kato Vision and Voice Award, in recognition of his successful battle to overturn his country’s anti-gay laws. The David Kato Vision and Voice Award is presented every year in memory of murdered Ugandan LGBT campaigner David Kato. Kato, a Sexual Minorities Uganda activist, was murdered in 2011 after a local newspaper published his photo in a feature calling for gay men to be executed.

    This year, the David Kato Award will be presented in a ceremony at the annual fundraising gala dinner of the Kaleidoscope Trust, which campaigns for equality for LGBT people around the world. PinkNews is a media partner for the event, which takes place on 26 January. This year, Belizean activist Caleb Orozco will be recognized. The campaigner won from a shortlist of five activists from Iraq, Nigeria, Kenya, and Kyrgyzstan.

    In 2006, Caleb Orozco co-founded Belize’s only LGBT-led campaign group, the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), which brought legal action to challenge the country’s anti-gay sodomy law. After a battle spanning several years, the colonial-era law was finally struck down earlier this year, after a ruling from Belize’s Supreme Court.

    The Supreme Court case, which established a precedent that may help activists fighting sodomy laws in other countries, had the support of the University of the West Indies Rights Advocacy Project, the International Commission of Jurists, the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association and the Human Dignity Trust. Though the government accepted the majority of the ruling, an alliance of religious groups has filed an appeal against the judgment.

  • 22. allan120102  |  December 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I have a question Rick, when you refer to the supreme court of Belize, I didnt see there were more judges in the opinion that struck the ban on sodomy, just the chief justice. I look info in Wiki about there supreme court but I still dont quite get it as in this opinion I didnt see a majority, or that it was unanimous or any dissent.

  • 23. VIRick  |  December 6, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Allan, you are correct. Every time I quote from Pink News in the UK, I need to remind myself to double-check their specific factual details. The Chief Justice of the Belize Supreme Court issued the ruling there overturning the Belize sodomy law.

  • 24. VIRick  |  December 6, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Florida: 11th Circuit Court Rules that Middle Schools May Form Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs

    The "Orlando Sentinel" reports:

    On 6 December 2016, in "Carver Middle School Gay-Straight Alliance v. School Board of Lake County Florida," a federal appeals court overturned a lower-court ruling that supported the Lake County School Board’s decision to block middle-schoolers from forming a gay-straight-alliance club to combat bullying.

    In a battle dating to 2011, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling found that the Equal Access Act, which requires federally-funded secondary schools to treat all extracurricular clubs the same, applies to middle-school students.

    The full ruling is here:

  • 25. allan120102  |  December 6, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I am quite surprise that the one giving the decision was William Pryor. I believe if I am not mistaken that he also rule in another case for us. Still he is a homophobic man(for not saying another word) and I hope he is not nominate to the supreme court,I believe he is like Scalia or worse.

  • 26. scream4ever  |  December 7, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Pryor ruled in favor of a trans woman who was fired from the Georgia legislature after she announced she was transitioning. I wouldn't rule him out on certain litigation pertaining to our community…

  • 27. JayJonson  |  December 7, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Yes, I would not nominate Pryor to the Supreme Court. But he may be the least crazy of the possible nominees that Trump will choose from if he keeps his pledge to choose Scalia's replacement from a list provided by the Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council.

  • 28. VIRick  |  December 6, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Yes, Marcus, Pryor, and Davis comprised the 3-judge panel, with Pryor writing the decision.

    "We VACATE the order that dismissed the complaint under the Equal Access Act and REMAND for further proceedings consistent with this opinion."
    Case: 15-14183 Date Filed: 12/06/2016 Page: 19 of 19

  • 29. theperchybird  |  December 7, 2016 at 1:54 am

    South Australia votes to legalize full adoption rights:

    In some more great news out of South Australia, it has today been ruled that same-sex couples will be legally able to adopt children, with the New Adoption Act passing by a vote of 13 to 4.

    The history-making amendment comes following a 27,000 strong petition started by married gay father Shaun Douglas-Galley.

    “[By doing this], South Australia acknowledges through its Adoption Act that sexual orientation has no bearing on ones ability to parent, to educate and to love children,” Douglas-Galley said following this afternoon’s victory.

    This just leaves Northern Territory which has a center-left supermajority so I expect that ban out soon and for Australia to join the list of countries that got equal adoption before marriage.

  • 30. allan120102  |  December 7, 2016 at 8:48 am

    The leading opponent of ssm in Taiwan has been found to have an affair with another women.Thousand of people are calling him a hypocrite. Usually our most fierce opponents are the ones that have the most to hide. The hypocrisy of him saying that ss couples destroy the sanctity of marriage when he was cheating on his wife.

  • 31. VIRick  |  December 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Louisiana: Transgender Man Wins Federal Discrimination Case

    Per Equality Case Files:

    The case is "Broussard v. First Tower Loan, LLC," a transgender man's Title VII employment discrimination suit against a Louisiana financial services company.

    Lake Charles LA, 7 December 2016 – A former employee of an installment loan company in Lake Charles, Louisiana has prevailed in his sex discrimination case. Tristan Broussard filed a federal complaint against the company in April 2015 alleging that he was fired from his job after the company learned that he is a transgender man. The case then proceeded before an arbitrator, who ruled that the company discriminated against Broussard because of his sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Broussard is represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Altshuler Berzon LLP, and Delaney, Robb & Rubin.

    See Notice of Arbitration Decision here:

    Substitute Exhibit A (Award and Opinion of Arbitrator) is here:

  • 32. VIRick  |  December 7, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    And . . . . in "Who Knew?" News:

    Ghana: Anti-Gay Christian Preacher Claims He Can Enlarge Penises With His Christ-Like Massage

    So . . . . we've been doing God's work all these years, and never knew it. Until now.

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