North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy Attempts To Water Down The Anti-Gay House Bill 2
North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory has recently gone under fire since he signed the legislation that limits bathroom access for transgender people, and eliminates anti-gay discriminatory laws—which is known as the House Bill 2. In efforts to diminish the law’s intense oppression, McCrory announced he would fortify work protection for state employees, and try to persuade the General Assembly to adjust the law, reports The New York Times.
Still, he did not put any limitations on the infamous bathroom component of the law. Or for that matter, really make any significant modifications. “Simply put, I have listened to the people of North Carolina, and the people of North Carolina are entitled to both privacy and equality,” said McCrory. “We can and we must achieve both of these goals.”
Despite Governor McCrory’s weak attempt to try to accommodate everyone—this legislation has put him in a precarious position with the masses coupled with some business ventures that were aligned to take place in North Carolina.
Since the law was passed, the NBA has threatened to not host its 2017 All Star game in Charlotte, and other companies like PayPal said they would not have any type of office in the state. In addition to this, Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday (April 12) that it would “freeze plans to create 250 jobs” near Raleigh.
Amid all the disgruntlement from business owners, the Obama administration has also put pressure on North Carolina. The administration has argued that gay, lesbian and transgender people are protected by federal laws that go against gender discrimination.
“Governor McCrory’s actions today are a poor effort to save face after his sweeping attacks on the L.G.B.T. community, and they fall far short of correcting the damage done,” said the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, Sarah Preston in a statement.
Other law officials like McCrory’s opponent Attorney General Roy Cooper, are also against the governor’s ruling. “Governor McCrory’s executive order is a day late and a veto short,” Cooper said. “I’m glad Governor McCrory has finally acknowledged the great damage his legislation has done, but he needs to do much more.”
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