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Fatal Shooting of Gay NC College Print Shop Manager Under Investigation as Hate Crime: VIDEO


Kenneth Stancil III was arrested on Tuesday and charged with the murder of Wayne Community College print shop manager Ron Lane, for whom he had once worked before being fired.

Ron-laneStancil killed Lane (right) on Monday near the campus library with a pistol-grip shotgun as part of what authorities say was a calculated plan. Ron Lane was gay and the murder is now being investigated as a hate crime.

Stancil's extensive face and neck tattoos honor the Aryan brotherhood and a face tattoo said to be completed as recently as last week features an '88', said to symbolize 'Heil Hitler'.

Stancil was arrested on a beach in Daytona Beach, Florida shortly after midnight early Tuesday morning after fleeing there following the shooting.

WNCN reports on some of the background and accusations in the case:

A relative of Lane's said that Lane fired Stancil for bringing drugs to the workplace. School officials, however, said Stancil was dismissed from the school's work-study program for too many absences.

Stancil's mother, Debbie Stancil, additionally claimed Lane "made inappropriate sexual advances toward him," which upset her son.

"He was very upset when the person that's deceased was making advances to him. He told him to stop and he kept on," she said. "I urged him to go to a counselor to tell them and ask to get switched to another work-study before this happened -- the firing."

A spokesperson for Lane's family said any allegations that he made sexual advances toward Stancil are "slanderous."

Stancil accused the victim of molesting his younger brother at a hearing on Tuesday:

"I just want you to know, I ridded one less (expletive) child molester from the (expletive) earth that (expletive) with my little brother. All right? That's all I got to say."

Stancil's mother has denied those claims, and says that Lane never had contact with the brother, according to the AP:

"He had a moment of insanity. I don't know. He just snapped. That is not my son," she said. "He's probably out of his mind. I think he needs mental help."

At least one school administrator does not think Lane was killed because he was making advances:

Brent Hood, coordinator of education support technology at the college, was Lane's supervisor for the past three years. He said he didn't think Lane was killed because he was gay. He said Lane was in mourning because his partner of 12 years disappeared in July and his remains were found months later. Police said Chuck Tobin killed himself.

Lane insisted that Tobin be described as his long-term partner in an email Hood sent to other staffers announcing the discovery.

Stancil appeared at an extradition hearing on Wednesday in Florida's Volusia County and signed documents without protest.

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NC Gov. Pat McCrory Blasts State's Anti-gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill: 'What Is The Problem They're Trying to Solve?'

Presumably fearing an Indiana-style backlash against his state, North Carolina's Republican Governor Pat McCrory has come out strongly against a proposed "religious freedom" bill, WRAL reports:

Mccrory"What is the problem they're trying to solve?" McCrory asked during Monday's broadcast of WFAE's Charlotte Talks program.

Large parts of the program focused on situations where McCrory had differences with conservative Republicans at the state legislature, particularly in the state Senate.

Senators have already passed a bill that would allow magistrates opt out of performing weddings if they have a "sincere religious objection" to performing particular ceremonies. The measure, which is now making its way through the House, is seen as a way to shield magistrates who do not want to perform same-sex marriages. [...]

During the same discussion, McCrory said he didn't see the need for a broader religious freedom bill that would protect a number of businesses and state officials from liability should they refuse service based on their personal religious beliefs. 

North Carolina Transgender Teen's Suicide Mirrors Death Of Leelah Alcorn: VIDEO

Ashlyn Haffner

A North Carolina mother believes that bullying led to her teen transgender son’s suicide, reports WSOCTV.

Alcorn16-year-old Ashlyn Haffner died close to his family’s Indian Trail home late last month. According to an accident report Ashlyn - who went by the name Ash - stepped into the path of an oncoming vehicle, the same way Ohio transgender teen Leelah Alcorn (right) died in December of last year.

Ash’s mother April Quick said the bullying started when Ash decided he wanted to transition from female to male.

Quick found a suicide note on Ash’s iPad that read in part:

“Please be WHO YOU ARE... Do it for yourself. Do it for your happiness. That's what matters in YOUR life.  You don't need approval on who you are.  Don't let people or society change who you are just because they're not satisfied with your image."

At a memorial service outside Porter Ridge High School, where Ash was a student, family and friends lit candles, shared memories of the teen and pleaded for acceptance of all people. The school’s principal said the district is fully cooperating with investigators as they dig deeper into Ash’s death.  

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Charlotte, NC City Council Rejects LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance in 6-5 Vote: VIDEO


After hours of contentious debate, much of it centered around the use of bathrooms by transgender citizens, the Charlotte, North Carolina City Council voted down several LGBT non-discrimination ordinances, the Charlotte Observer reports:

Before the final vote, council members had removed the section of the ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. That issue drew the most vigorous opposition from dozens of speakers.

“All over the world, there are restrooms for men and restrooms for women,” said Driggs, a Republican. “It does not place an unreasonable burden on them and it does not stigmatize them.”

But even with the bathroom portion removed, council remained divided. Several council members had said they were opposed to removing that part, which would also have applied to locker rooms and showers, because it weakened the ordinance.

Q Notes adds:

The 6-5 vote is the second time in two decades that Charlotte has rejected LGBT-inclusive protections. LGBT advocates are condemning the vote.

...If passed, Charlotte would have become the first city in North Carolina to pass LGBT-inclusive public accommodations and other protections. Other ordinances proposed for amending — adding marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression — included commercial contracting, passenger vehicles for hire and regulations for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee.

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NC Senate Approves Bill Allowing State Officials to Discriminate Against Gay Couples on Religious Grounds

The North Carolina Senate voted 32-16 on Wednesday to approve a bill allowing courthouse officials to recuse themselves from marrying gay couples if they have religious objections to doing so, the Fayetteville Observer reports:

Flag_ncThe legislation stems from federal court decisions this past fall that legalized gay marriage in North Carolina. Some magistrates, who officiate civil marriage ceremonies, and assistant registers of deeds, who issue marriage licenses, for religious reasons did not want to perform these services for gay couples. They were told that their oath to uphold the U.S. constitution requires them to do so anyway.

Most Republicans voted for the bill; most Democrats voted against it. Supporters said the bill say it protects the employees' First Amendment freedom of religion rights. Critics said would codify discrimination into state law.

Seven or eight of the state's magistrates have left their positions as a result of having to perform gay marriages, according to statements made during senate debate. The new law would allow them to return to office without losing their benefits.

Other points in the bill are a requirement of the court system to ensure magistrates are on hand at least 10 hours a week, that all couples seeking lawful marriage can have one, and that if local magistrates don't want to perform a gay couple's marriage the state would send one to perform the duty.

NC paper News & Observer is not pleased with it:

Sworn public officials have to do their duty, and this not-so-clever bit of legislating is certain to be found unconstitutional. Magistrates and registers of deeds don't get to cop out of their jobs based on their personal beliefs.

This is amateur hour at the General Assembly, and a petty action that could get expensive. The legislature already has spent nearly $100,000 to have outside lawyers appeal the federal rulings on same-sex marriage. State Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, wisely decided not to press on with appeals once the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the issue.

The bill now heads to the House.

North Carolina Conservatives Relying On Transphobic Robocalls To Defeat Non-Discrimination Ordinance

750px-Flag_of_North_Carolina.svgThough North Carolina Family Action claims to be a nonpartisan, “research and education” organization, the group has been actively engaged in a harmful, discriminatory robocall campaign spreading misinformation in an attempt to defeat an upcoming LGBT non-discrimination ordinance. 

The calls, which have been going out to thousands of voters living in Charlotte, claim that supporting the ordinance will lead to policy changes that will allow men and women to use the opposite sex’s bathrooms. The messaging is a transphobic attempt to instill fear of a law that would, in actuality, block public establishments from refusing patrons because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In those instances where people were harassed or denied service, they would be able to file complaints with some hope of legal recourse.

“This does not allow men to go into women’s bathrooms or women to go into men’s,” said Scott Bishop, chairman of the Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee, told the Charlotte Observer. “Transgender women are women, and transgender men are men. … That’s where the misunderstanding is – who transgender people are. A lot of public education needs to take place.”

Opponents to the ordinance plan to gather at a rally next week and are already working themselves into a delusional frenzy claiming that transgender people will be uniquely positioned to become sexual predators should the law be put into effect. The fervency with which the law’s opponents are attacking North Carolina’s queer community, explained Charlotte Business Guild president Chad Sevearance, is a diversionary tactic that could ultimately hurt the state economically.

“Fortune 500 companies believe that LGBT (employees) are the best and the brightest,” Sevearance told the Observer. “(Before coming to Charlotte), they’ll be looking at how their people are going to be protected from discrimination.”


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