The United Kingdom is the first country to take notice of the controversial anti-gay laws recently passed in the states of Mississippi and North Carolina. The UK government reportedly issued a travel warning to those states, particularly intended for the LGBT community, which may find those new laws offensive or invasive.
According to the Independent, the government's Foreign Office issues the new advice, which effectively repels the general advice the same agency issues before it. In that general advice, the LGBT community was advised to "take care abroad," but there was no specific mention of the U.S. states.
The new law in North Carolina, passed last month, provides that businesses in the state have the right to decline service to individuals who see themselves belonging to the LGBT community based on religion. In the "bathroom law," there is a specific provision that says that people should use the public toilet based on their biological sex they were born with, which suggests that they cannot invoke the gender they currently associate with. more >>
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Thursday that he is alright with transgender individuals using whatever restroom or changing room they feel is appropriate and criticized North Carolina's recently passed transgender bathroom law.
During a town hall-style event in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center hosted by NBC's "Today" show, the billionaire real estate mogul was asked about his position on transgender bathroom rights and the recently passed North Carolina law that prohibits local governments from forcing businesses to open women's bathrooms to men who identify as female.
"Leave it the way it is. North Carolina, what they're going through with all the business that's leaving, all of the strife — and this is on both sides. Leave it the way it is," Trump argued. more >>
Roman Catholics within the Republican Party apparently are unconcerned about Donald Trump's recent spat with Pope Francis.
According to a recently released poll from Reuters/Ipsos, since February the Republican frontrunner's favorability among Catholics within the GOP has increased.
"Trump has averaged support among 47.9 percent of Catholic Republicans in the 50 days since the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made the comment on Feb. 18, up from 39.8 percent in the 50 days that preceded it," reported Reuters. more >>
The Disney-owned sports network ESPN fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling Wednesday night after he issued stern criticism of the backlash stemming from the passage of North Carolina's transgender bathroom law on Facebook earlier in the week.
Schilling, a three-time World Series-winning pitcher and formerly one of ESPN's in-game color commentators, shared a meme on Facebook that showed a creepy-looking middle aged man wearing a blonde wig and provocative women's clothing along with a caption that reads: "Let Him In! to the restroom with your daughter, or else you are a narrow minded, unloving racist bigot who needs to die!!!"
Schilling also wrote in the comment section below the meme that reads: "A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don't care what they are, who they sleep with, men's room was designed for the penis, women's not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently, Pathetic!" more >>
Tennessee's legislature failed to override a veto on a bill that if enacted would have made the Holy Bible the state's official book.
After considerable debate the veto override failed by seven votes, falling short of the necessary number of 50 House members.
"Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, a former Baptist minister who was the main House sponsor of the measure, urged colleagues to follow what he called the 'will of the people' in rejecting the veto," reported the Associated Press. more >>
Whole Foods Market has filed a counter lawsuit against a gay pastor in Texas who accused a store in Austin of selling him a cake with a homophobic slur decorated on it, claiming security footage disproves the pastor's allegation.
Openly-gay Pastor Jordan Brown of Austin's Church of Open Doors alleged on Monday that he ordered a cake with the words "Love Wins" in blue icing on April 14 but was instead sold a cake that states "Love Wins F**."
Brown accused the store of writing the slur on the cake and filed a lawsuit seeking damages and relief for mental anguish. He also filmed a video that was later posted online showing what he claimed to be an unopened and sealed cake box with the cake inside. more >>