qnotes contributor Robbi Cohn’s Jan. 8 column, “What’s going on, North Carolina?”, along with a recent guest commentary by Charlotte-area, anti-LGBT religious leader Dr. Michael Brown, have attracted quite a few comments and thoughts from both readers and, likely, those who’ve stumbled upon our website out of interest for either column’s subject matter.
Many of these comments have either pro- or anti-LGBT viewpoints, but the overwhelming majority fail to violate our Community Discussion Terms and Conditions:
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