(RALEIGH) The Human Rights Campaign and its North Carolina partner, Equality North Carolina, today urged North Carolina lawmakers to reject a backroom “deal” that would repeal North Carolina’s HB2 law. This week GOP leaders and Governor Cooper have been in continued negotiations to draft compromise bill that would pass both chamber of the North Carolina General Assembly.
LGBT advocates said that the most recent proposal would specifically prohibit cities from passing non-discrimination ordinances allowing people to access facilities in accordance with their gender identity, and it would further prohibit municipalities from passing other LGBTQ non-discrimination protections through 2020.
Several bills and proposals have been pushed as lawmakers face a Thursday deadline to repeal HB2 or risk losing out on bids for NCAA championship games through 2022.
Equality NC reported that the compromise deal would undermining efforts by cities like Charlotte to attract top talent, major businesses, and other economic opportunities although 18 other states have similar laws. “This proposal is a train wreck… North Carolinians want a clean repeal of HB2, and we urge our allies not to sell us out,” said Chris Sgro, Equality NC Executive Director.
HRC President Chad Griffin promised, “The consequences of this hateful law will only continue without full repeal of HB2. Sellouts cave under pressure. Leaders fight for what’s right.”