“We are disappointed in your decision to sign this discriminatory legislation into law,” the letter reads. “The business community, by and large, has constantly communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business.”
PayPal’s international headquarters are located in Singapore, where sexual contact between males is punishable by up to two years in prison [snip]The company has a software development center in Chennai, India, where same-sex marriage is prohibited.[snip] “PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including 5 countries where the penalty is death, yet they object to the North Carolina Legislature overturning a misguided ordinance about letting men in to the women’s bathroom?” said Mr. Pittenger, a Republican, in a statement. “Perhaps PayPal would like to try and clarify this seemingly very hypocritical position.
Federal education authorities, staking out their firmest position yet on an increasingly contentious issue, found Monday that an Illinois school district violated anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a transgender student who identifies as a girl and participates on a girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room without restrictions.
Education officials said the decision was the first of its kind on the rights of transgender students, which are emerging as a new cultural battleground in public schools across the country. In previous cases, federal officials had been able to reach settlements giving access to transgender students in similar situations. But in this instance, the school district in Palatine, Ill., has not yet come to an agreement, prompting the federal government to threaten sanctions. The district, northwest of Chicago, has indicated a willingness to fight for its policy in court.
The Education Department gave 30 days to the officials of Township High School District 211 to reach a solution or face enforcement, which could include administrative law proceedings or a Justice Department court action. The district could lose some or all of its Title IX funding.
The most powerful woman in American politics sent a not-so-subtle warning to the state governments of North Carolina and Mississippi today that she was prepared to send the DOJ attack dogs to do battle against those states’ recent religious freedom laws that would protect businesses from having to abdicate their religious views.
The threat was in regards to those recently passed state religious freedom laws which would primarily serve to protect religious groups and some private businesses from being harassed and/or sued for not participating in events held for gay and transgender people.
Ms. Jarrett, speaking at an event that calls for more gender-neutral toy offerings for children (don’t ask) spoke with media after the event and made clear her intentions to utilize the DOJ to pressure states into backtracking on their most recently enacted religious freedom legislation:
“…I can tell you that we think it’s wrong, we think it’s destructive and we don’t think it reflects the better ideals or who we are as a country.”
“Nothing annoys me more than a school not taking seriously their review from the federal government about their civil rights obligations.”