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North Carolina governor backs down — a bit — on state’s controversial LGBT law

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Conventions have been canceled, rock concerts scrubbed, and corporations have yanked their business from North Carolina to protest a state law that critics say discriminates against gay, lesbian and transgender people.

Even the porn site xHamster.com is confronting users with a question: “Do you support the anti-LGBT bill in North Carolina?” Users who click yes are notified, via pop-up, that their access has been blocked.

These are tough days for the Republican North Carolina lawmakers who passed a law last month limiting legal protections for LGBT people at hotels, shops and restaurants. The law also restricted which bathrooms and locker rooms transgender people can use.

Now, as North Carolina faces the possibility of more business lost to corporate and celebrity protests, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is trying to douse national criticism — without significantly changing the law.

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