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Friday, July 22, 2016


That was the sound of the other (basketball) shoe dropping:

Yahoo News broke the story:

Without any movement by state legislators in North Carolina to change newly enacted laws targeted at the LGBT community, the NBA is pulling the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, league sources told The Vertical.

The NBA is focused on the New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center as the host for All-Star Weekend and the All-Star Game on Feb. 19, league sources told The Vertical.

For now, there are still other cities trying to lure the All-Star Game, sources said.

A formal announcement on the NBA’s withdrawal out of Charlotte is expected as soon as this week, league sources said Thursday.

This is the law known as "Hate Bill 2," which not only rescinds all LGBT civil rights protections enacted by local governments in the state, but forbids localities from enacting new protections, mandates that transgender men and women use the bathroom designated for their birth sex, and forbids localities from raising the minimum wage. I'm sure there's other nastiness in there, but those are the worst parts.

Gov. Pat McCrory (R-Did you doubt it?) is upset:

The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present. Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances.

“Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children. American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process.

Where to start? Sorry, Governor, but no one is misrepresenting the law, except you and your Republican apologists. Drop the "safety in the bathroom" bullshit -- no one has ever been attacked by a trans person in the bathroom. (And if you don't know the difference between sex and gender, maybe you should ask someone -- and I don't mean your local fundamentalist preacher.)

Hmm -- what "unique circumstances"? I'd love to know what he means by that.

Apparently only right-wing special interest groups have the moral authority to enforce their narrow world view and authoritarian "morality" on everyone else. And let's just face it: "common sense" is not part of the right-wing toolbox. As for bypassing the "democratic and legal process" -- who was it who rammed a hate bill through the legislature and to your desk in twelve hours, with no public hearings, no debate, and no input from the communities affected? Is this what you consider the "democratic process"?

I hope the courts whip your ass on this, along with the asses of the other twenty-one states that are suing. We have this thing in this country known as "constitutionally guaranteed rights." Everyone has them, even people you don't approve of. I know you don't like the idea, but you're stuck with it.

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