In Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed the religious freedom bill:
“RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Wednesday vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have prohibited state agencies from punishing religious organizations that discriminate against same-sex couples.
The veto comes in the same week that similar legislation is drawing attention to Georgia, where Gov. Nathan Deal (R) rejected a “religious freedom” bill, and North Carolina, where Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed a bill that blocks municipalities from expanding laws to protect lesbian, gay and transgender people.
McAuliffe vetoed the Virginia bill during a radio appearance.
“It’s unconstitutional, it is discriminatory,” he said on WTOP. “It demonizes folks. It brings fear and persecution. We can’t tolerate that.” …”
Like Indiana, North Carolina is holding the line, for now:
“DURHAM, N.C. — The onslaught of criticism, economic sanctions and a lawsuit being leveled at Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina grew on Tuesday, as the largest corporation in his state joined the fight against a new law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Bank of America, which has its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., announced late Tuesday on Twitter that its leadership was joining over 80 chief executives, including Timothy D. Cook of Apple and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, in objecting to the new law. Earlier in the day, the chief executives published a letter, addressed to Mr. McCrory, on the Human Rights Campaign website, saying, “Such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business.” …”
The CEOs are putting their foot down. It shouldn’t be long before the Republicans who control North Carolina – just like in Indiana – announce their surrender. In 2016, it is outrageous to think that a pastor should not be required to officiate a gay wedding in a church, or that public restrooms should be segregated by gender.
The Far Left glides from victory to victory because the only force opposing them are the TruConservatives and TruChristians who answer to Republican donors and their corporate sponsors:
“Some of the country’s best-known corporations are nervously grappling with what role they should play at the Republican National Convention, given the likely nomination of Donald J. Trump, whose divisive candidacy has alienated many women, African-Americans and Hispanics.
An array of activist groups is organizing a campaign to pressure the companies to refuse to sponsor the gathering, which many of the corporations have done for both the Republican and Democratic parties for decades.
The pressure is emerging as some businesses and trade groups are already privately debating whether to scale back their participation, according to interviews with more than a dozen lobbyists, consultants and fund-raisers directly involved in the conversations. …”
As it happens, there is only one presidential candidate who goes around the country boasting about how he will say “no” to the likes of Apple, Carrier and Ford. Strangely enough, the TruConservatives and TruChristians are all strongly opposed to him!