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 north carolina gop files bill voiding same sex marriage
north carolina gop files bill voiding same-sex marriage

Three Republican lawmakers have filed a bill seeking to outlaw same-sex marriage within North Carolina.House Bill 780, otherwise known as the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act," says the United States Supreme Court "overstepped its constitutional bounds" when it negated an amendment of North Carolina's constitution in its 2015 landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.If passed, North Carolina's new bill would invalidate same-sex marriage, reportedly including marriages that have already been officiated — both in and out of the state — despite the Supreme Court's ruling.The bill's main sponsors are Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Carl Ford, who in the filed bill cite a 61% affirmative vote for Article 14, Section 6 of the state's constitution t

north carolina republicans announce 'bathroom bill' deal

Protestors gather near the North Carolina state legislative building as they voice their concerns over House Bill 2, in Raleigh, N.C., May 16, 2016.  Al Drago—CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said late Wednesday that they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state's "bathroom bill" through a replacement measure that still restricts LGBT nondiscrimination protections.GOP leaders announced the new legislation would be debated and voted on Thursday, but it was unclear whether there were enough House and Senate votes to pass it. And leaders of gay rights groups were incensed about the anticipated proposal and vowed political punishment for elected officials who support it.Cooper, who ran successfu

north carolina's 'bathroom bill' to cost $3.76 billion

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state's economy to a canceled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town's amphitheater of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state's biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.North Carolina could lose hundreds of millions more because the NCAA is avoiding the state, usually a favored host. The gr

bathroom bill: north carolina hopes it saves ncaa chances

Speaker of the House Rep. Tim Moore, center, flanked by fellow Republicans, speaks at a press conference after HB 142 passed in the General Assembly March 30, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C. (Chris Sweard/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images) Chris Sweard—Raleigh News & Observer/ Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Basketball-mad North Carolina is hoping its move to roll back its "bathroom bill" will help it avoid another costly hit when the NCAA selects four years of championship sites for a variety of sports.College athletics' governing body said that it is deciding this week on locations for tournaments through the spring of 2022 and that it wouldn't award any to North Carolina if the law known as House Bill 2 was still on the books.On Thursday, amid the mounting pressure, North Carolina's Repu

north carolina: 'bathroom law' repeal clears senate

Unisex signs hang outside bathrooms at Toast Paninoteca on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.  Sara D. Davis—Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — A compromise that would repeal North Carolina's contentious "bathroom law" cleared a key hurdle Thursday when senators approved the measure, which is intended to help stem the financial backlash from the law limiting LGBT protections.Not everyone is pleased with the deal between the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Democratic governor. Social conservatives would prefer to have House Bill 2 stay on the books. Gay rights groups believe the replacement bill allows discrimination.Sen. Dan Bishop, a primary sponsor of HB2, denounced the new deal on the Senate floor."This bill is at best a punt, at worst a betrayal of principle," said the Republ

clay aiken celebrates north carolina overturning controversial hb2 'bathroom bil

Clay Aiken voiced his support for a deal North Carolina lawmakers reached on Thursday (March 30) to repeal the state's controversial HB2 "bathroom bill" that limited transgender peoples' rights to use restrooms matching their gender identity."Never underestimate the power of college basketball in the state of #NC    - So long #HB2 #HB2Repeal," Aiken tweeted after the state's House passed the bill 70-48 and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signed it into law. Aiken is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the state's 2nd congressional district election.When HB2 was passed last March under former Gov. Pat McCrory, it received a massive political and financial backlash that included a face-off between the basketball-loving state and the NCAA. The NCAA responded

hitler was like abraham lincoln, lawmaker larry pittman says

A North Carolina Republican lawmaker is under fire after comparing Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler in a Facebook comment.Larry Pitmann, a representative in the North Carolina General Assembly, said Lincoln was the "same sort of tyrant as" the Nazi dictator, who was responsible for the deaths of millions.Pittman, was responding to comments on Facebook criticizing him for introducing a bill in the North Carolina legislature that would render the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage inapplicable in his state."You aren't fit to hold public office in the United States of America if you don't respect the Supreme Court and the Constitution," one Facebook user wrote. Pittman replied, "And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort if tyrant, and

bathroom bill: former north carolina governor looks for work

Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory , who was defeated in his reelection campaign this past November, now says he's having trouble finding jobs in the private sector because of the backlash against the state's controversial "bathroom bill.""Even after I left office people are reluctant to hire me, because, ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot’ which is the last thing I am,” McCrory said in a podcast on World Radio on March 10. "I'm in some ways actually liberal on some of these issues. I'm a libertarian, on many of these issues but I don't think the city government, a state government, a federal government should be able to tell the private sector what the new definition of 'gender' is.The bill, known as HB2, passed the North Carolina state legislature in 2016, and required people to use the publi

the truth behind the north carolina bathroom bill repeal

North Carolina has repealed it's so-called "bathroom bill" restricting which toilet transgender people must use, but LGBT activists warn its replacement is just as harmful. What are the facts?What is the bathroom bill?House Bill 2, or HB2, ruled that people must use the toilet corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate and not the gender they identified with.The law applied in all state-run buildings, including schools, libraries and government offices.It also overturned local statutes protecting LGBT people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.Its introduction in March 2016 sparked fierce criticism from civil rights groups, as well as boycotts by businesses and sports leagues. Forbes estimates North Carolina lost at least $630m (£504m) between Mar

taiwan: landmark gay marriage case heard at supreme court

A panel of judges at Taiwan's Supreme Court on Friday began hearing deliberations in a landmark case that could see the island become the first nation in Asia to allow same-sex marriage.The case — which stems from the rejection of a gay activist's attempt to marry his partner in 2013 — has been helped along by municipal authorities in Taipei seeking clarity over other gay-marriage requests, the BBC reports.It comes amid parliamentary debate on legalizing gay marriage that has divided public opinion and provoked protests from conservatives. Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's President, has expressed support for marriage equality in the past and the first draft of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage was approved by Taiwan's parliament in December.Since then, however, anti-same-sex-marriage campaigners

north carolina repeals 'bathroom bill'

North Carolina on Thursday repealed a contentious law restricting transgender people's use of public bathrooms in a bid to end a year-long controversy, but LGBT rights groups warned that a substitute measure still allows for discrimination. The so-called "bathroom bill," narrowly passed in March last year, triggered big business boycotts of the southeastern US state and the cancellation of major sporting events. North Carolina's legislature repealed the measure Thursday, and the state's Democratic Governor Roy Cooper signed the replacement bill into law.MORE NEWS:'This is not fake news': Senators voice alarm over Russian US election interferenceUS senators warned Thursday of Russia's 'unprecedented' threat to American and European democratic institutions Thursday as they opened their first

north carolina repeals 'bathroom bill'

North Carolina on Thursday repealed a contentious law restricting transgender people's use of public bathrooms in a bid to end a year-long controversy, but LGBT rights groups warned that a substitute measure still allows for discrimination. The so-called "bathroom bill," narrowly passed in March last year, triggered big business boycotts of the southeastern US state and the cancellation of major sporting events. North Carolina's legislature repealed the measure Thursday, and the state's Democratic Governor Roy Cooper signed the replacement bill into law.MORE NEWS:'This is not fake news': Senators voice alarm over Russian US election interferenceUS senators warned Thursday of Russia's 'unprecedented' threat to American and European democratic institutions Thursday as they opened their first

in north carolina, the end of an error?

It was just last year that city officials in Charlotte approved a broad anti-discrimination measure, which included protections that allowed people to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. With remarkable speed and efficiency, then-Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and the Republican-led state legislature swiftly approved an LGBT state law, HB 2, to undo what Charlotte had done.GOP officials were woefully unprepared for the culture-war backlash, which by some estimates, ended up costing the state dearly. It also contributed to Pat McCrory losing his job – the Tar Heel State Republican was the only incumbent governor in either party to lose in 2016.The current effort in North Carolina is cleaning up the mess. NBC News confirmed that state policymakers have reached an agreement to repeal t

today's news: march 30, 2017

A deal in North Carolina over the “bathroom bill,” Syrian refugees top 5 million, and more from the United States and around the world.

today's news: march 30, 2017

A deal in North Carolina over the “bathroom” bill, Syrian refugees top 5 million, and more from the United States and around the world.

is north carolina finally going to repeal its bathroom bill?

Just over a year after H.B. 2 passed, lawmakers and the governor have reached a deal, but progressive groups say the proposal is a sham.

final four: gonzaga faces north carolina for national title

Gonzaga players celebrate after the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against South Carolina, on April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Gonzaga won 77-73.  David J. Phillip—APThe "buts." Gonzaga University, a small Jesuit school out in Spokane, Wash., that will play for the NCAA men's basketball championship on Monday night against North Carolina, can't stop hearing the "buts." Gonzaga's a good basketball team, but ... the Bulldogs play in the West Coast Conference, a league that toils outside the football-driven "Power 5" conference structure. They've never made the Final Four (until this season). They're not-battle tested. They're nervous.Since 1999, when Gonzaga made a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight, the Gonzaga has oozed excellence. They've made the NCAA tou

today's news: march 30, 2017

Mike Flynn reportedly offers to be interviewed in exchange for immunity, a deal in North Carolina over the “bathroom bill,” and more from the United States and around the world.

final four: north carolina beat gonzaga to win ncaa title

Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels dunks late in the second half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  NCAA Photos/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — It's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes.An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting an entire year to celebrate.Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left Monday and North Carolina pulled away for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga that washed away a year's worth of heartache.It was, in North Carolina's words, a redemption tour — filled with extra time on the practice court and the weight room, all fueled by a devastating loss in last year's title game on Kr

north carolina lift ncaa basketball title with win over gonzaga

North Carolina made up for last year's title-decider heartbreak by putting together a late run to overhaul Gonzaga 71-65 in the final of the NCAA men's basketball championship.Trailing 65-63 with less than two minutes remaining, North Carolina ended the contest with an 8-0 spurt to pull clear of their fellow top-seeded opponents.
The North Carolina Tar Heels celebrate after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Photo: Getty ImagesThe triumph at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona came in sharp contrast to the scenes of utter dejection a year ago when the Tar Heels fell to Villanova on a buzzer-beater in Houston, Texas."They wanted redemption," North Carolina coach Roy Williams told reporters after claiming his third career national title."I told my team with three minutes le

n.c. repeals ‘bathroom bill,’ pre-empts local employment laws

After one controversial year on the books, North Carolina's H.B. 2—requiring transgender individuals to use the bathroom in public buildings that matches the gender indicated on their birth certificates—has been repealed. Both the state House and Senate voted to overturn the law on March 30 and Gov. Roy Cooper (D) quickly signed the bill that undoes the measure.But the bill that rolled back H.B. 2 was a compromise: H.B. 142 now pre-empts all localities from enacting or amending employment law legislation of any kind through Dec. 1, 2020. This pre-emption is not limited to barring local bathroom access statutes or laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, but extends to local minimum-wage laws and ban-the-box ordinances, and "the list goes on," noted Jonathan A. Segal, an

clay aiken: 'bathroom bill' replacement obviously falls short

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march madness 2017: barack obama reveals his picks

Barack Obama may not be president anymore, but that's not stopping him from continuing one of his presidential traditions.The former commander-in-chief publicly revealed his NCAA tournament brackets for the ninth straight year via the Obama Foundation, selecting the University of North Carolina to win it all on the men's side, and the University of Connecticut to take home the trophy on the women's.In the men's tourney, Obama has Duke, Kansas and Arizona joining North Carolina in the Final Four. The president expects Duke to triumph over Arizona before falling to North Carolina in the championship.Notre Dame, South Carolina and Washington are also predicted to reach the women's Final Four along with Connecticut. Obama has Notre Dame defeating South Carolina before losing to UConn in the ti

n.c. repeals ‘bathroom bill,’ pre-empts local employment laws

After one controversial year on the books, North Carolina's H.B. 2—requiring transgender individuals to use the bathroom in public buildings that matches the gender indicated on their birth certificates—has been repealed. Both the state House and Senate voted to overturn the law on March 30 and Gov. Roy Cooper (D) quickly signed the bill that undoes the measure.But the bill that rolled back H.B. 2 was a compromise: H.B. 142 now pre-empts all localities from enacting or amending employment law legislation of any kind through Dec. 1, 2020. This pre-emption is not limited to barring local bathroom access statutes or laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, but extends to local minimum-wage laws and ban-the-box ordinances, and "the list goes on," noted Jonathan A. Segal, an

n.c. repeals ‘bathroom bill,’ pre-empts local employment laws

After one controversial year on the books, North Carolina's H.B. 2—requiring transgender individuals to use the bathroom in public buildings that matches the gender indicated on their birth certificates—has been repealed. Both the state House and Senate voted to overturn the law on March 30 and Gov. Roy Cooper (D) quickly signed the bill that undoes the measure.But the bill that rolled back H.B. 2 was a compromise: H.B. 142 now pre-empts all localities from enacting or amending employment law legislation of any kind through Dec. 1, 2020. This pre-emption is not limited to barring local bathroom access statutes or laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, but extends to local minimum-wage laws and ban-the-box ordinances, and "the list goes on," noted Jonathan A. Segal, an

final four: north carolina beat gonzaga to win ncaa title

(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — It's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes.An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting an entire year to celebrate.Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left Monday and North Carolina pulled away for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga that washed away a year's worth of heartache.It was, in North Carolina's words, a redemption tour — filled with extra time on the practice court and the weight room, all fueled by a devastating loss in last year's title game on Kris Jenkins' 3-point dagger at the buzzer for Villanova."I wanted to see this confetti fall on us and we're the winners," said Carolina's Joel Berry II, who led the Heels with 22 points. "We came out here a

in north carolina, bathroom law repealed but many not pleased

Atlanta: For a year, it prompted boycotts, demonstrations and economic fallout that helped dethrone a sitting governor. In the end, in a strange and profoundly American collision of polarised politics, big-time sports, commerce and the culture wars, North Carolina's notorious House Bill 2 was finally laid to rest Thursday – although many were left wondering if some of its negative effects might linger.Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, signed legislation repealing the law after it was approved by the Republican-controlled legislature. House Bill 2 had restricted the ability of municipalities to enact anti-discrimination policies and required transgender people in government and public buildings to use the bathroom that corresponded with the gender on their birth certificate.
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presstv-the importance of marriage in islam

One of the recognized and indisputable commandments of Islam is that of marriage - the sacred union that takes place only between a man and a woman. In relation to this revered bond, there are many verses of the noble Quran and countless examples that encourage marriage for any single man or woman - of any age or background. This episode of Islam and Life focuses on the importance of marriage in Islam.

ncaa decision on north carolina hb2 repeal: what it means

General view of the NCAA logo on the floor during action at University of Dayton Arena on March 20, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio. Joe Robbins—Getty ImagesThe NCAA announced on Tuesday that the deal was good enough.After more than a year of controversy in North Carolina over HB2, a law widely viewed as discriminatory toward LGBT people, Republican lawmakers and the state's new Democratic governor reached a deal to repeal it last week. And the NCAA, which had joined many businesses in boycotting the state over the measure, "reluctantly" said that North Carolina could again be considered as a host for college championship games. The new law, which removed the requirement that transgender people use bathrooms that match birth certificates but still blocks local protections for LGBT people, "minimally

supreme court discusses sex offender's social media ban

Packingham's lawyer David Goldberg argues that the ban covers "vast swaths" of core First Amendment speech, even parts that have nothing to do with preventing child abuse. He agrees that social media ban as a condition of parole is reasonable, but a lifetime ban is a denial of free speech. Goldberg's argument has led to the discussion of whether it's possible to live these days without Facebook or Twitter, especially since numerous politicians use them religiously. "This has become a crucially important channel of political communication," Justice Elena Kagan said. She reasoned that under North Carolina's social media ban "a person couldn't go onto those sites and find out what these members of our government are thinking or saying or doing." The justices also questioned the North Carolina

wedding ideas: bridesmaids carry puppies instead of bouquets

A North Carolina bride skirted tradition when it came to her wedding last month; instead of subjecting her bridesmaids to tradition, she had them trade in their bouquets for a furrier, more adorable option: puppies!Meghan Butler opted to have her and her bridesmaids take pictures with eight puppies from the Greater Charlotte SPCA in North Carolina, with the hope that they would be adopted sooner, resulting in a cuddly and heartwarming photoshoot.According to People, all of the pups have been adopted since the wedding; in fact, Butler and her husband love pet adoption so much (they currently have four adopted pets between them) that they chose to make a donation to the SPCA instead of buying wedding favors.See Butler's special day with the puppies below.

scary pictures of eddie läck stretchered off ice after violent collision

Eddie Läck was carried out on a stretcher. Photo: AP Photo/Gerry Broome
Swedish goalie Eddie Läck ended up in hospital after being sent sprawling as the Detroit Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou scored a game-winning goal with 3:01 left in overtime.
Athanasiou crashed into Läck on the play and the Carolina Hurricanes goalie, who missed significant stretches of the NHL season with concussions, was attended to on the ice for more than 15 minutes as both teams and the crowd in Raleigh, North Carolina, watched in silence.
He was taken off on a stretcher and on to hospital for evaluation, giving a thumbs-up sign as he was carried off the ice.The moment Athanasiou crashed into Läck. Photo: AP Photo/Gerry Broome
The Hurricanes later released a statement saying Läck was undergoing tests but h

with president's nod, hindu marriage bill in pakistan becomes law

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tuesday's mini-report, 4.4.17 | msnbc

Today’s edition of quick hits:* This won’t end well: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a sweeping review of federal agreements with dozens of law enforcement agencies, an examination that reflects President Trump’s emphasis on law and order and could lead to a retreat on consent decrees with troubled police departments nationwide.”* An unexpected story: “Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker announced his immediate resignation Tuesday, admitting that he discussed sensitive information with an analyst regarding the Fed’s plans for economic stimulus.”* North Carolina: “The N.C.A.A. on Tuesday ‘reluctantly’ lifted its ban on holding championship events in North Carolina, removing its six-month-old prohibition less than a week after the state’s Legislature and governor re

court may strike law barring sex offenders from social media

The Supreme Court appears likely to strike down a North Carolina law that prohibits sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites.
At least five justices suggested during argument Monday they would rule for North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. He was convicted of violating a 2008 law aimed at keeping sex offenders off internet sites children might use. Packingham used Facebook to boast about beating a traffic ticket.Justice Elena Kagan pointed out that the law is so broad it also prevents people from reading the Twitter accounts of President Donald Trump, all 50 governors and members of Congress.The state's lawyer said the law deals with the virtual world in the same way that states keep sex offenders out of playgrounds and other places children visit.
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