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Magistrate bill

Readers respond to news that an anti-LGBT magistrate bill has become law. Read more about the story at or see the latest news from the legislature online at

Flood the Magistrates Offices with SSM applications. Let the Magistrates recuse themselves. Flood their offices again in another 6 months. If one segment of the Citizenry can’t marry, let none marry.
— Krimson, June 11

the beautiful thing about the american government is that you have three separate but equal branches executive and legislative and judicial and even though the legislate branch (the general assembly) passed legislation that is clearly illegal and unconstitutional and the executive branch (the governor) vetoed the legislation and then the legislate branch (the general assembly) over rode that veto the judicial branch (state and federal courts) will have the last word on this issue and it will suffer the same fate as amendment one
— Nicholas, June 11

So what’s next? Bigoted magistrates will stop marrying anyone who, back to ten generations, is descended from someone born out of wedlock (Deuteronomy 23:2), or any woman with braided hair or gold jewelry (1 Timothy 2:9). or anyone with a tattoo (Leviticus 19:28)? If they’re going to enforce all of the rules suggested in the Bible shouldn’t they be required to enforce them all? Oh that’s right, they don’t even have to enforce the actual laws of the State of North Carolina in order to keep their jobs.
— Jimmy Locke, June 11

Pride history

A reader responds to our June 5 feature on pre-Stonewall events (

Matt; thank you from an old timer for getting our history right. I remember walking past Compton’s and looking in the window, knowing we were not to go there. Our time in history was a scary time, the police harassment was real, I myself as a young transgender experienced it several times. It was a time of LSD, free love, before the AIDS epidemic. We had no organized support systems for the Gay community; we took care of each other. This was the time I and my partner Roberta Fuso [Sunny Rae], who today is my friend on Facebook, started inviting the less fortunate for Thanksgiving dinner to our small apartment in the Tenderloin, as you know I carry on this tradition to this day. My message to our young the Freedom movement is alive, stand up for what you believe; do not take the leftovers of society. Our community is moving forward at a pace never seen before, but do it with dignity and respect for others.
— Janice Covington Allison, June 9