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North Carolina’s planned ‘religious freedom’ bills waste time, money on unfairness

By Chris Sgro on 01/23/2015 @ 10:00 AM

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On the same day that legislators returned for their 2015 session, there was an ominous announcement.

Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, one of the leading anti-LGBT voices in our legislature, told reporters that on January 28th there would be a legislative briefing on so-called "religious freedom" legislation.

We've seen these "turn away the gays" bills in other states -- but the one suggested in North Carolina could be much worse. This legislation could allow our state officials to decline services to the LGBT community.

That's why we need your help.

Take a moment to check out my op-ed in the News & Observer previewing this legislation, its potential impact, and why we'll be fighting any "license to discriminate" with everything we've got.

As I said in the piece, when public servants can deny any North Carolinians service, that’s not religious freedom, that's discrimination, plain and simple. And we must be ready for whatever comes next week.

Until then, please share this op-ed on Facebook and Twitter and spread the word about what this legislation could mean for our state.

And don't forget to check your email daily for more ways to get involved both inside and outside of the North Carolina General Assembly. We'll be in touch next week.

TAKE ACTION: We also need to know where Gov. McCrory stands on this religious refusal bill. Send him a message demanding he veto this legislation if it comes across his desk. We've made it easy.

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