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Attorneys: N.C. magistrate law unconstitutional, suit seeks to overturn anti-LGBT law

Attorneys: N.C. magistrate law unconstitutional, suit seeks to overturn anti-LGBT law

A federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s anti-LGBT “magistrate recusal” law on same-gender marriages has been filed in federal court. The challenge seeks to overturn Senate Bill 2, the law passed this year which opponents say violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection and Due Process clauses.

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Belmont Abbey College, other Carolinas colleges receive anti-LGBT Title IX waivers

Belmont Abbey College, other Carolinas colleges receive anti-LGBT Title IX waivers

Belmont Abbey College is among four Carolinas-area religious colleges receiving waivers from the federal government’s Title IX protections in order to discriminate against LGBT students and employees.

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Nearly 30 anti-LGBT N.C. leaders endorse Ted Cruz

Nearly 30 anti-LGBT N.C. leaders endorse Ted Cruz

Nearly 30 anti-LGBT North Carolina religious leaders, activists and pastors have endorsed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, including high-profile activists Flip Benham, Michael Brown and Ron Baity.

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Mayoral candidate in Kings Mountain, N.C., suffers from ‘religious hallucinations’ and wants to ‘eradicate homosexuals’

Mayoral candidate in Kings Mountain, N.C., suffers from ‘religious hallucinations’ and wants to ‘eradicate homosexuals’

A right-wing candidate for mayor in Kings Mountain, N.C. — less than an hour from Charlotte and home to North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore — says he’d use Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis as his model for how to govern… and take it just a few too many steps too far.

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Flip Benham, other Charlotte-area anti-gay extremists flock to defend Kim Davis

Flip Benham, other Charlotte-area anti-gay extremists flock to defend Kim Davis

I know. You’re tired of hearing about Kim Davis. I am, too. But this one bit of overlooked news has a bit of an interesting local angle. Among the throngs of people who amassed in Kentucky to support the law-breaking court clerk were several of the Charlotte-area’s own homegrown anti-LGBT extremists. Flip Benham, his twin […]

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Kim Davis goes to jail in Kentucky, but her anti-gay actions are legal in North Carolina

Kim Davis goes to jail in Kentucky, but her anti-gay actions are legal in North Carolina

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis is in jail for repeatedly disobeying a court order to do her job. In North Carolina, her actions are completely legal.

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Tony Campolo must put public repentant action behind new, gay-affirming words

Tony Campolo must put public repentant action behind new, gay-affirming words

Well-known evangelical leader Tony Campolo has “come out” in support of the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the Christian church. It’s a big move in the evangelical world, and one that will likely inspire more movement toward affirmation. You can read his full statement here. But, words alone aren’t enough to repent for […]

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The church’s great sin: Half of LGB Americans have abandoned the faith

The church’s great sin: Half of LGB Americans have abandoned the faith

A new Pew Research Center report released this week finds that just 48 percent of LGB Americans identify as Christian, compared to 41 percent in a 2013 survey. That compares to 70 percent of the general public, down from 78 percent in 2007. (Read more at The Advocate.) I watched many in the LGBT media […]

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Audio: Matt’s speech on ‘Sharing our Stories’

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, I had the pleasure and privilege to speak to a small conference of LGBT and ally community organizers in Gastonia, N.C.

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North Carolina’s sodomy law and the religious motivation of anti-LGBT oppression

North Carolina’s sodomy law and the religious motivation of anti-LGBT oppression

Religion-based prejudice against LGBT people isn’t new. For millennia, anti-LGBT practices, teachings and beliefs of the Christian church have been at the root and the basis of anti-LGBT oppression. This basis is obviously and abundantly clear, even in the present day. In every state and in cities across the country, each and every movement to adopt […]

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Did Newsweek let a rightwing hypocrite and liar respond to their Bible commentary?

Dr. Michael Brown, a rightwing religious leader from the Charlotte, N.C., area, delivered a lengthy response to Newsweek‘s recent commentary on the Bible by Kurt Eichenwald, entitled, “The Bible — So Misunderstood it’s a Sin.” Brown, who is most known locally for his opposition to LGBT equality initiatives and his protests of local LGBT events, […]

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N.C. activist: God will destroy U.S. like he destroyed Sodom

A rightwing Christian activist in North Carolina says a forthcoming Supreme Court decision to legalize same-gender marriage nationwide could lead to God’s destruction of the U.S., just like God destroyed Sodom. Quoted by a “correspondent” for his own organization’s website on Jan. 16, Christian Action League of North Carolina Executive Director the Rev. Mark Creech […]

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Puff piece ignores local Christian school’s dangerous anti-LGBT policies

Do journalists and news outlets have a responsibility to include information about an institution’s extremist discriminatory policies when writing about them? I think so. And I think it’s doubly important when news outlets write on schools that have extremist, discriminate policies. But in Charlotte, while one puff piece about a local Christian school heaped plenty […]

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Bigotry doesn’t pay: North Carolina anti-gay group $15,000 in debt

Bigotry doesn’t pay. In fact, it can break your bank. And a leading anti-LGBT advocacy group is learning this lesson the hard way. The Christian Action League of North Carolina,which helped lobby for the state’s anti-LGBT constitutional amendment, told its members and supporters today that it’s nearly $15,000 in debt, including outstanding office rent payments and back pay […]

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