Today, HRC President Chad Griffin joined Tamron Hall on MSNBC to discuss Governor Pat McCrory’s lawsuit defending the deeply discriminatory HB2.
The lawsuit was filed this morning in response to an order from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Last week, the DOJ put North Carolina on notice that the state’s discriminatory HB 2 violates federal civil rights law -- including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 -- and gave McCrory until today to confirm “that the State will not comply with or implement HB 2.”
"Transgender people in this country are discriminated against day in and day out,” Griffin said. “What the city of Charlotte did by moving forward with non-discrimination protections was simply having Charlotte catch up with the rest of this country. Charlotte is one of only a couple major cities in America that don't have non-discrimination protections today."
North Carolina has already lost more than a half billion dollars in economic activity just from companies canceling or reconsidering plans to come to the state, and in cancelled conventions, concerts, and other lost tourism dollars. Additionally, 200 leading CEOs and business leaders have signed onto HRC and Equality NC’s open letter urging McCrory and the state’s General Assembly to repeal HB2.
“What he needs to do is repeal HB2 and restore the reputation of the state of North Carolina,” Griffin said. “Until he does that, North Carolina is not going to get their jobs back, their not going to have their reputation back and he’s going to continue to destroy the state’s economy.”
The Department of Justice is expected to make an announcement later today about McCrory’s lawsuit.