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Pat McCrory says he'll back repeal of anti-gay law if Charlotte drops its LGBT protections

Sep. 18, 2016 - , North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory's office on Friday said that the Republican governor would back repeal of House Bill 2 if Charlotte ditched its LGBT protections ordinance.

Republicans called a one-day special session in March to approve House Bill 2 after the Charlotte City Council approved its ordinance, which prohibits discrimination against the LGBT community. House Bill 2 blocks cities and municipalities from approving such measures. It is also the only state law that prohibits transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice in schools and government buildings.

Passage of the state law sparked a backlash from companies, some of whom said they would limit their investment in North Carolina, and entertainers, some of whom canceled shows. In more recent weeks, sporting events have been pulling out of the state, including the NBA All-Star Game, NCAA championships and some Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) events.

"For the last nine months, the governor has consistently said state legislation is only needed if the Charlotte ordinance remains in place," McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis is quoted as saying. "If the Charlotte City Council totally repeals the ordinance and then we can confirm there is support to repeal among the majority of state lawmakers ...the governor will call a special session."

The Charlotte City Council earlier this year rejected repeal of the ordinance, which remains unenforceable.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, called the offer a "cheap trick."

"This is the same cheap trick the North Carolina General Assembly has attempted all along, asking Charlotte to repeal crucial protections for the LGBTQ community and trust they will hold up their end of the bargain on a full repeal of HB2. This arrangement would create problems, not solve them," the group said in a statemen

Donald Trump's maternity leave plan leaves out gay dads
Sep. 17, 2016 - , In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's daughter, conceded that her father's maternity plan does not cover gay dads.

The policy, unveiled on Tuesday, promises six weeks of paid-time off for recent mothers.

Ivanka Trump is credited with forming the plan, which she promoted during a speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland where her father accepted the Republican presidential nomination.

Prachi Gupta asked Trump how a two-dad family would be impacted by the policy.

"This is a giant leap from where we are today, which is sadly, nothing," she said. "Both sides of the aisle have been unable to agree on this issue, so I think this takes huge advancement and obviously, for same-sex couples as well, there's tremendous benefit here to enabling the mother to recover after childbirth. It's critical for the health of the mother. It's critical for bonding with the child, and that was a top focus of this plan."

"So I just want to be clear that, for same-sex adoption, where the two parents are both men, they would not be receiving special leave for that because they don't need to recover or anything?" Gupta pressed.

"Well, those are your words, not mine," Trump responded. "Those are your words. The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be in same-sex marriages or not."

In a Fox News interview, Trump told Megyn Kelly that Hillary Clinton's website has no policy "pertaining to any of these issues: child care, elder care, or maternity leave or paternity leave, for that matter."

Clinton's policy – tucked on her website under a prominent tab labeled "issues" – promises up to twice (12 weeks) the amount of paid family and medical leave to care for a new child or a seriously ill family member.

As head of Indiana Journal, Mike Pence published anti-gay articles
Sep. 3, 2016 - , Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump's running mate, fomented homophobia as the president of the conservative Indiana Policy Review.

Writing in the group's magazine of the same name, Pence lamented that the 1996 Republican National Convention had become "an endless line of pro-choice women, AIDS activists and proponents of Affirmative Action."

"Like it or not," Pence wrote, "traditional Pro-Family conservatives make up the bedrock of modern Republican electoral success."

During his time as president of the Indiana Policy Review, the journal published several articles in which it railed against gay rights.

In 1993, it criticized The Wall Street Journal for taking part in a job fair for gay journalists and objected to gay men and women serving in the military.

"As we underhand the nature of both the political and scientific debate, the demand is that gaydom be elevated from a pathological condition or mere sexual preference to the status of one of several natural human divergences like hair or skin color," the journal wrote in a piece titled The Pink Newsroom.

"The difference and the problem, as Gen. Colin Powell has pointed out, is that hair color or skin color does not determine behavior, while sex is one of its most powerful determinants."

The writer goes on to suggest that the gay editor will "allow his sexually motivated behavior to play a part in news or editorial judgment" when it comes to the "special interest of organized homosexuals."

In Military Necessity and Homosexuality, R.D. Ray wrote that "homosexuals are not as a group able bodied. They are known to carry extremely high rates of disease brought on because of the nature of their sexual practices and the promiscuity which is a hallmark of their lifestyle

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