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VOICES: Hate needs to shut up and love needs to stand up!

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

At this week's Moral Monday rally in Sylva, North Carolina, Rev. William Barber of the state NAACP addressed the mass shooting that took place a day earlier at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. He called out political leaders who foment hate and called on people to keep the faith that love is greater.

INSTITUTE INDEX: HB2's economic threat to North Carolina

Sue Sturgis

A report released this week sheds light on the potential costs to North Carolina of its controversial new law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate and nullifying local anti-discrimination and minimum-wage ordinances.

The legislative backlash against LGBT equality across the South

Sue Sturgis

Announcing the U.S. Justice Department would sue North Carolina over its anti-transgender "bathroom bill," Attorney General Loretta Lynch noted there's historically been backlash to equality gains. What's been happening in Southern legislatures since the Supreme Court struck down marriage discrimination last year bears that out.

THE MONEY BEHIND HB2: How Art Pope helped create North Carolina's 'bathroom bill'

Alex Kotch

Where does North Carolina's leading conservative donor stand on the state's so-called "bathroom bill"? Art Pope hasn't publicly stated his position on HB2, but he has a long history of funding groups and politicians that support the law, which the Justice Department says illegally discriminates against transgender people.

Companies opposing Mississippi's anti-LGBT law helped elect its proponents

Alex Kotch

At least 24 companies publicly opposing Mississippi's law allowing discrimination against LGBT people have helped finance the election of the law's sponsors and the governor who signed it. A similar pattern held in North Carolina, which is embroiled in controversy over its own anti-LGBT law.

Businesses opposing N.C.'s HB2 helped elect legislators behind it

Alex Kotch

Over 120 companies are speaking out against North Carolina's controversial new law striking down local anti-discrimination ordinances. But many of these same companies have donated considerable sums to outside political groups that helped elect state lawmakers who sponsored and voted for the legislation.