More good news on the human rights front, it would appear!
After North Carolina passed legislation that threatened the equal treatment of LGBT citizens of the state last week, all hope looked lost as gay rights supporters likely faced a long legal battle ahead just to secure basic rights.
But then something interesting happened…
North Carolina’s attorney general Roy Cooper — who was one of the men named in the lawsuit brought on by gay rights groups over the bigoted law — has indicated the state will NOT defend its new law in court, calling it discriminatory and a “national embarrassment.”
Cooper noted that business leaders are not fond of the terrible law, saying:
“We know that businesses here and all over the country have taken a strong stance in opposition to this law.”
No kidding — that’s something we’ve seen before in other nearby states even just this week!
And while North Carolina’s brutally bad Republican Governor Pat McCrory is still standing by the law, he’s no doubt feeling pressure from others to admit the bill is unconstitutional.
Some of that pressure came Monday in the form of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who officially banned all non-essential state travel for government employees to North Carolina, joining NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the mayors of San Francisco and Seattle in a boycott of the southern state.
“In New York, we believe that all people├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥deserve the same rights and protections under the eyes of the law. From Stonewall to marriage equality, our state has been a beacon of hope and equality for the LGBT community, and we will not stand idly by as misguided legislation replicates the discrimination of the past.”
Cuomo isn’t the only one threatening North Carolina over its draconian transphobic bill, either.
The NBA released a statement last week implying they might have to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, should the state not remedy the bill (below):
At least it sounds like some people are finally getting it…
BTW, Roy Cooper is running against Pat McCrory for governor. Just sayin’…
[Image via AP Images.]