Thursday, March 24, 2016

Updated; Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan needs to recuse herself on City LGBT protections immediately

North Carolina passes bill blocking LGBT protections
Tuesday, February 2, 2016; Did Guilford Green Foundation hire Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan to be a lobbyist?

"Nancy Vaughan Named Guilford Green Foundation Executive Director

...The LGBT Center would engage, empower, and advocate on behalf of LGBT people and
their allies and connect the community to diverse opportunities and resources.

As mayor of Greensboro,
Nancy Vaughan has forfeited her right to have anything to do with LGBT issues 
at the local level, as she is now a LGBT paid lobbyist

“I have always been impressed by the people behind Guilford Green Foundation and plan to hit the ground running,” says Vaughan. “By harnessing the unique power of Greensboro’s diversity,the foundation has unlimited potential.”

In addition to her new role as GGF executive director, Vaughan will also continue to serve as Mayor of Greensboro.

...Guilford Green Foundation has been working since 1995 to courageously unite community by fostering organizations that advance LGBT persons and issues. Guilford Green Foundation works to promote diversity and inclusiveness throughout the LGBT community and the greater Guilford County community by raising and distributing funds for LGBT organizations and programs and growing an endowment to sustain funding for these purposes."

Looks like she already engaged in actions which appear to be a conflict of interest
as she is quoted as "Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan"
and not a LGBT Foundation lobbyist, who is paying her to advocate for LGBT rights. 

"Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan has called the special session another wasteful example of state government intruding into matters that are best handled at the local level.

I don't object to the rights of LGBT.

I object to a mayor using her position in violation of the City charter
to advocate as a paid lobbyist.

The special session will cost about $42,000 a day, Vaughan pointed out — more than many North Carolina teachers make in a year.

“There are many more pressing issues for them to be taking up,” she said.

The legislature is scheduled to convene for its regular session April 25. Vaughan said there is no reason it can’t take up these matters then."
"On the basis of a complete fabrication, North Carolina just wiped out all non-discrimination laws protecting gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people.

It’s the most hateful law passed in the past decade.

My sympathies to those wronged,
but the issue raised concerns a conflict of interest of an elected official
who is supposed to represent all the haters and the lovers equally
and it appears as though there is a problem

...The state has undone not just local ordinances protecting transgender people, but all LGBT nondiscrimination provisions across the state.  Literally overnight, people in Charlotte and across North Carolina can now be fired from their jobs for being gay, turned away at hotel chains for being gay, and even forced to show their genitals to a police officer if the cop thinks they might be transgender."
"Led by Republican Speaker Tim Moore (photo), Republican House lawmakers in North Carolina have just passed a sweepingly broad anti-gay bill in a special session called just for this one bill. The bill will void all local nondiscrimination ordinances. It will also mandate that all public accommodations ordinances, all minimum wage ordinances, and all employment discrimination ordinances come only from the General Assembly – state lawmakers – effectively banning any localities from protecting citizens in any of these areas.

The bill, HB 2, passed by a huge margin, 83-24, after less than three hours of debate and just 30 minutes of public comment.

HB 2 now heads to the Senate, who will take it up immediately.

It is expected to pass and Governor Pat McCrory, who called for the bill, is fully expected to sign it."
"...legislators returned to the state house to overrule a local ordinance in Charlotte banning discrimination against LGBT people. A bill written for that purpose passed Wednesday evening and was signed by Governor Pat McCrory, a Republican. In the House, every Republican and 11 Democrats backed the bill. In the Senate, Democrats walked out when a vote was called, resulting in a 32-0 passage by Republicans. The law not only overturns Charlotte’s ban: It also prevents any local governments from passing their own non-discrimination ordinances, mandates that students in the state’s schools use bathrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate, and prevents cities from enacting minimum wages higher than the state’s.

The law could have far-reaching implications both statewide and nationally. North Carolina cities will see local ordinances and minimum-wage laws rolled back and have to adjust. There are likely to be legal challenges. The law will be an issue in this year’s gubernatorial election, in which McCrory is set to face Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat who called the bill “shameful.” And as perhaps the first law of its kind in the nation, it will create a template for other conservative legislatures to pursue."