A legislative assistant for a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives has denied making comments to a constituent, allegedly telling him that her boss’ home and law office would be “burned to the ground” if he voted against an anti-LGBT piece of legislation.
The North Carolina Senate on Monday evening easily overrode Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto on a controversial piece of legislation that would allow magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of performing civil marriage services and ceremonies for same-gender couples. The House has not yet held a similar vote.
President Barack Obama’s executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors and subcontractors has gone into full effect today. The new rule, the result of Obama’s order last July, could have a significant impact on workers in North Carolina, where tens of thousands of federal contractors are working with the state’s large military presence.
A bill filed by Republican lawmakers in Raleigh would replace a statue of a former governor now widely criticized for his role in the state’s white supremacist campaigns with a statue of Billy Graham, North Carolina’s world-famous evangelist also known for his past anti-Semitic comments and anti-LGBT positions.