North Carolinians agree: House Bill 2 must be repealed
On Wednesday, March 23, the North Carolina General Assembly held a special session and in less than 12 hours, with virtually no public input, passed House Bill 2. This harmful law prevents local governments from passing nondiscrimination protections for the LGBT community, taking away protections some communities have had for years. With no state law protecting LGBT people, it makes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity legal across the state. It also forces many transgender people to use restrooms that don't match their gender identity, putting them in harm's way. Remarkably, the law also took away the right to sue for employment discrimination based on race, religion, sex and other categories that were protected by state law, making our state one of only two with no right to sue in state court for discrimination.
Fortunately, people across the state and the nation have come together to fight for repeal of HB 2. From nearly 200 CEOs of major corporations to start-ups, from faith communities to grassroots advocates, are calling on Governor Pat McCrory and the legislature to fix this mistake now.