Since Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly passed the deeply discriminatory HB 2 last week, leaders across the country have demonstrated that their states are open for business and support full LGBT equality.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy welcomed and urged North Carolina businesses to move to the Constitution State, which has a fully inclusive state non-discrimination law.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have banned non-essential state travel to North Carolina by state workers.
It’s not just elected officials that are speaking up. This week, HRC and Equality NC announced that more than 100 leading CEOs and business leaders signed onto an open letter calling on Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal these dangerous provisions.
“Discrimination is wrong and we believe it has no place in North Carolina or anywhere in our country,” they wrote. “As companies that pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming to all, we strongly urge you and the leadership of North Carolina’s legislature to repeal this law in the upcoming legislative session.”
H.B. 2 has eliminated existing municipal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people and prevents such protections from being passed by cities in the future. The legislation also forces transgender students in public schools to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identity, putting 4.5 billion dollars in federal funding under Title IX at risk. It also compels the same type of discrimination against transgender people to take place in state buildings, including in public universities.
Lawmakers passed the legislation in a hurried, single-day session last Wednesday, and Governor McCrory quickly signed it into law in the dead of night.