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Major North Carolina employers and businesses, including Bank of America, PayPal, Lowes, and many more, disagree with HB2. Since the passage of HB2, the business community has spoken out clearly against this discriminatory law because they know that to recruit the best and brightest, they need to be able to assure all of their employees that they and their families will be treated equally under the law. Nondiscrimination protections are crucial to North Carolina’s tourism industry and its ability to compete in the modern marketplace, and HB2 sends exactly the wrong message.
It is one thing to be silent about discrimination; it is entirely something else to actively enshrine a right to discriminate in North Carolina law. By taking extreme steps to undo Charlotte’s work to protect its LGBT citizens, North Carolina has sent a message to the entire nation that LGBT people are not welcome. As Indiana learned following passage of its controversial RFRA, actions have consequences and a reputation for discrimination inevitably hurts a state’s ability to compete in today’s economy.
While many states balance home rule with state authority, North Carolina is one of a shrinking list of states that lack local protections for LGBT citizens. The General Assembly and Governor McCrory made a choice to strip away local control by overruling the Charlotte City Council, substituting their judgment over that of elected local leaders in cities and counties across the state.
Yes. While municipalities may still institute policies against discrimination for government employees, the towns, cities and counties are not simply employers. This law is designed to stop cities from fulfilling their regulatory responsibility to set nondiscrimination policy within their borders that reflect local priorities and values. Furthermore, HB2 absolutely forbids any political subdivision of the state from allowing people to use gender-appropriate restroom facilities in public buildings, including courthouses, City Halls, homeless shelters, etc.
Yes. Not only does this bill erase the protections instituted by the Charlotte City Council for LGBT people and veterans (along with negating parts of existing ordinances in Raleigh and Greensboro), it also eliminates the right under state law for any North Carolinian to have their day in court if they are discriminated against in the workplace for their race, religion, color, national origin, or sex. HB2 undermines civil rights protections we've had for decades!
Like more than 200 other cities across America, the Charlotte City Council decided, after extensive deliberation and public discussion, to enact local legislation guaranteeing its citizens the opportunity to earn a living and access public services without fear of discrimination because they are gay, or based on their gender identity or veteran status. Even after months of misinformation about the impact of this ordinance there is no evidence of improper or threatening behavior in any of the states or schools across the country that allow transgender people to use the restroom in peace, and it remains completely illegal to enter a restroom for any inappropriate purpose. Polls show that a majority of North Carolinians believe Charlotte should have the right to pass its own laws without interference from the General Assembly. There was no public outcry against the Charlotte ordinance and no harmful effect.
North Carolina needs to attract automakers, high tech firms, and large growing companies to compete in the future. As states like Georgia stand up to discrimination and refuse to pass bills like HB2, North Carolina has taken a huge step backwards and is now less competitive in today’s economy.
Tell our state leaders we need to fix this by repealing HB2.
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