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Another happy sign that LGBTQ equality is inevitable

Gov. Roy Cooper

However one interprets the relatively inconsequential Supreme Court decision yesterday in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, there continue to be repeated hopeful signs that the Right’s ongoing desperate effort to forestall LGBTQ equality is doomed. Take, for instance, this simple announcement today from the Governor of North Carolina:

Governor Roy Cooper Proclaims June as LGBT Pride Month
This June recognizes brave North Carolinians and their fight for equality

RALEIGH: In honor of LGBT + identifying communities, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed June as NC LGBT Pride Month.

“I am proud to recognize the LGBT community and honor the many contributions LGBT North Carolinians have made to our state,” said Governor Cooper. “Recognizing Pride Month helps us reflect on the progress LGBT people have made on the path to achieving equality, and it also inspires us to continue our efforts to work with the LGBT community to make this state a welcoming place for all.”

June was chosen as LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the riots that took place at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan the morning of June 28, 1969, often viewed as the birth of the modern LGBT rights movement. June has also been the month of several landmark United States Supreme Court decisions positively impacting LGBT rights.

On October 18, 2017, Governor Cooper signed Exec. Order No. 24, 32 N.C. Reg. 958-962, which established policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in state employment, state services, and state contracts under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Governor.

The State of North Carolina will continue to advocate for the protection and respect of LGBT individuals – regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

North Carolina now joins the national celebration of June as Pride Month to honor the LGBT community and advocate for LGBT equality.

The proclamation can be read HERE.

The executive order can be read HERE.

A few years ago, this would have been a big deal. Today, like the same-sex wedding announcements that populate our newspaper pages, it’s just a nice and heartwarming moment. Good for Gov. Cooper and shame on the fast-diminishing group of haters and bigots who can’t adjust to the new reality.

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