“I want there to be no doubt that the question was asked and that government either responded appropriately by eliminating benefits or they didn’t, and therefore can be sued. My questions and their responses provide a trail that someone who wishes to sue can use,” James said in a phone interview with the Observer last week.
So much for the idea that conservatives believe in "tort reform". It doesn't get any more frivolous than suing the most populated county in the state because 12 people are receiving domestic partner benefits. But that's what idiots like Bill James do, they set up evil strawmen so they can strike them down.
Submitted by Pam Spaulding on Tue, 07/31/2012 - 8:27am
Note to North Carolina elected officials and its tourism industry - this question is for you as well. Hit me up with your best case explaining why my birthday should be celebrated here on Facebook or pam at firedoglake dot com and I'll be happy to share your perspective with readers.
It's a relevant question that I'd like to hear your thoughts on because many thoughtful people here in North Carolina, who pay taxes to a state government that put the anti-gay measure on the ballot that passed this May, are wondering how they should spend their discretionary dollars and what they should tell equality-minded friends and relatives to do.
Submitted by robertingastonia on Mon, 06/18/2012 - 7:07pm
Somebody sound the alarm. It is time my LGBT Brothers and sisters awake from their slumber.
It has not been a pleasant couple weeks for our community since North Carolina in effect branded us second class citizens. In fact it left many of us depressed, wore out and in a shrug your shoulders, roll your eyes kind of mood. We spent countless hours fighting the inevitable tidal wave of bigotry that came our way and still feel the sting of defeat.
However something wonderful happened the day after the Republicans thumbed their collective noses at us (I say Republicans because although there were some from other political persuasions who voted for the Amendment, the Republican Party did so not only out of a warped religious conviction, but for political gain). I digress; now back to something wonderful happening on May 9th.
President Obama declared, “It is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Thu, 05/17/2012 - 2:42pm
Watch the courageous acts of civil disobedience by everyone who stood up and demanded to be served at marriage license counters across the state, especially those who were arrested sitting in waiting for service that would never come.
Submitted by Jake Gellar-Goad on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 3:58pm
I think that it is important to note that even though this amendment passed, those of us fighting for LGBT equality aren't going away. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I have 5000 words on the eastern North Carolina experience that you might want to see, if you'll kindly follow me below the fold.
Submitted by KatyMunger on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 3:37pm
Here's a quick video to give you guys a look at what you missed today if you did not show at the NCGA for the AFL-CIO sponsored Pots & Spoons Rally. Turn your speakers up to 11 for the full effect. Americans For Prosperity tried to respond by handing out ear plugs, which only perfectly symbolized the failure of their elected leaders to listen to anyone but their own base and helped publicize our cause, so that kind of backfired on them.... I suspect a better video will be forthcoming soon from Jeremy at AFL-CIO NC.
Submitted by Jason Wunsch on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 10:00am
As the Democratic Candidate for N.C House in District 37, running against the Architect of Amendment One, I was curious as to what the results of the Amendment One vote were in Paul "Skip" Stam's district. The results for what has been commonly referred to as a "conservative district," were extremely encouraging:
For Amendment One: 50.1%
Against Amendment One: 49.9%
With nearly 30,000 votes, the difference in For/Against was about 80 votes.
Submitted by Jeremy Sprinkle on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 10:55am
About the cacerolazo
A form of popular protest that originated in Latin America which consists of a group of people creating noise by banging pots, pans, and other utensils to call for attention. In cacerolazos from Chile and Argentina to Iceland, Ireland, Greece, and even Syria, people have come together to challenge power and affect change.
It is time to bring the spirit of the cacerolazo to North Carolina, where our out-of-control state legislature has busied itself since the 2010 election with catering to corporate interests and right-wing ideologues, gutting funding for public education, endangering women’s health care, putting the rights of unmarried couples up for popular vote, and attempting to lock some groups of voters out of the political process.
Let's welcome them back to an unforgettable protest!
When lawmakers return to town on Wednesday, May 16, North Carolinians outraged and disappointed at actions taken by our General Assembly to enrich the few at the expense of the rest will converge on Bicentennial Mall at 10 A.M. for a cacerolazo – a Pots & Spoons Protest – the first-of-its-kind protest of our out-of-control state legislature.
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