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Incoming N.C. governor negotiates restroom law repeal

Transgenderism | Outgoing governor calls deal proof that opposition was nothing but a political ploy
by Evan Wilt
Posted 12/19/16, 01:58 pm

After months of angry debate over North Carolina’s restroom law, state lawmakers now plan to repeal it.

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Judge deems Louisiana LGBT order unconstitutional

Homosexuality | Court says Gov. John Bel Edwards overstepped his power
by Evan Wilt
Posted 12/16/16, 01:49 pm

A Louisiana judge ruled Wednesday that Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, exceeded his authority by issuing an LGBT workplace executive order.

Edwards said the order, issued in April, would protect state employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. But Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry challenged him, claiming the order went too far by demanding organizations compromise their beliefs on marriage and sexuality as a condition of winning  government contracts.

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VA backpedals on gender reassignment surgery

Transgenderism | Agency announces it doesn’t have the money to pay for the procedure
by Gaye Clark
Posted 11/30/16, 12:59 pm

Citing a lack of funding, the Department of Veterans Affairs has backpedaled on a proposed rule change that would have covered sex-change surgeries for transgender veterans. But the agency pledged in a statement to “continue to explore regulatory change in the medical benefits package when appropriate funding is available.”

Transgender advocates vowed not to abandon efforts to get the expensive surgeries covered.

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