Monday, March 28, 2016

Not sure what took them so long


Hard on the heels of notorious Art Pope Stooge and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signing the latest pervy bathroom bill from the Republican controlled legislature, a lawsuit has been filed to overturn it.
The plaintiffs, a coalition of individuals and civil liberties groups, charged that the bill approved on Wednesday by the Republican majorities in the General Assembly, and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, violated the Constitution and federal anti-discrimination laws.

“Let’s be clear: The legislature and Governor McCrory have done nothing less than encourage discrimination,” said Chris Brook, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina.

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality North Carolina, a gay rights group, said, “Our national partners have told us that this is the most sweeping and the most dangerous anti-L.G.B.T. bill they’ve seen at least this session, and in quite a while.”

Several large companies and business groups have protested the law, and opponents have predicted an economic backlash against the state.

The state General Assembly called a special session to take up the bill, at a cost of $42,000, held no hearings, allowed little debate and passed the measure hours after it was introduced. Republicans supported it unanimously, while many Democrats walked out in protest. Mr. McCrory, who is running for re-election this year, quickly signed it.
This law does need to be overturned as soon as possible. I do have to say I am saddened that voter ID laws in North Carolina and other states were not legally challenged with such alacrity. Those are the laws that will keep us oppressed by the GOP.

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