Virginia's Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business.
McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1090 on Tuesday, arguing in a statement that if the bill had become law it "would restrict access to healthcare services."
"This bill, aimed at Planned Parenthood, would harm tens of thousands of Virginians who rely on the healthcare services and programs provided by Planned Parenthood health centers by denying them access to affordable care," stated McAuliffe. more >>
The head of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has called on North Carolina to repeal its law barring transgender bathroom ordinances.
"We find that the recent legislation approved in North Carolina and signed into law, which bans people from using bathrooms that don't match the sex indicated on their birth certificate, is discriminatory," argued PCUSA's Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons in a statement Tuesday, calling on North Carolina lawmakers to repeal the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.
"The North Carolina law also prevents cities and counties from establishing ordinances extending protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity to restaurants, hotels, and stores." more >>
North Carolina's attorney general says he will not defend the state's new law banning city ordinances that would allow people to enter the bathroom of their choice.
After the city of Charlotte passed an anti-discrimination ordinance last month giving men and women the legal right to use the bathrooms designated for the gender they self-identify as, the state's House and Senate quickly passed the law in order to prevent the cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination laws.
After Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law last Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and other LGBT advocacy organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the state. more >>
The recently elected governor of Louisiana plans to rescind an executive order by former Governor Bobby Jindal protecting opponents of gay marriage from legal punishment.
Governor John Bel Edwards' administration has stated to media that they are working on rescinding Jindal's executive order.
"Governor Edwards will issue the executive order, but it is in the drafting stage," said Edwards' Press Secretary Shauna Sanford told Deadline Hollywood. "As far as Jindal's religious liberty order, the governor intends to rescind it in the near future." more >>
In commenting on the passage of Charlotte, North Carolina's transgender bathroom ordinance last month, prominent conservative Christian twins Jason and David Benham jokingly quipped that the rise of transgender ordinances in America could make them eligible to dominate in the Women's National Basketball Association.
After the Charlotte City Council passed an ordinance last month allowing transgender individuals rights to use bathrooms and changing areas of the genders in which they identify, the Benham brothers posted a video to their Facebook page while on their way home from the council's vote on the legislation.
The Benham brothers, who gained notoriety when their reality real estate television show was canceled by HGTV in 2014 because of their opposition to gay marriage, explained that although they were upset with the council's passage of the ordinance, the rise of transgender ordinances could make themselves one day able to fulfill their dreams of playing professional basketball. more >>
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's decision to veto a religious freedom bill was a "craven capitulation," "cowardly" and discriminatory toward Christians, according to social conservatives.
The Republican Governor announced at a press conference on Monday that he planned to veto House Bill 757 after many companies and celebrities claimed the bill was anti-LGBT.
David French, an attorney and columnist, wrote in an opinion piece published by the National Review that Governor Deal's veto was a "craven capitulation" on religious liberty. more >>