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North Carolina enshrines discrimination into law

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Equality Federation condemned North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper for signing HB 142, a law that legislators attempted to frame as a repeal of the famously discriminatory HB 2. In fact, the new law keeps in place the most troubling parts of HB 2, including the provision that prevents local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances.

“Why mince words? This is a fake repeal,” said Ian Palmquist, Program Director of Equality Federation, “As a proud North Carolinian, I’m deeply disappointed that HB 2’s shameful ban on local protections will continue. While we disagree with Governor Cooper on this compromised repeal bill, we do agree on this: local ordinances aren’t enough. North Carolinians must update our state’s nondiscrimination laws to fully protect the LGBTQ community, and we’ll keep working until that happens.”

“HB2 was hastily passed without any input from the LGBTQ community just one year ago,” said Chris Sgro, Equality NC Executive Director. “Today, we returned to the legislature with a deal made between Governor Cooper, Phil Berger and Tim Moore that once again left out the ones most impacted by the discriminatory law – LGBTQ North Carolinians. Lawmakers and Governor Cooper have failed to resolve the problems with HB2 by doubling down on discrimination. Once again, the North Carolina General Assembly has enshrined discrimination into North Carolina law.”

Rebecca Isaacs, Executive Director of Equality Federation said, “We’re not giving up on LGBTQ North Carolinians. Today’s bill doubles down on HB 2’s harmful ban on local protections, but we will double down our efforts to create a more fair and equal North Carolina.”

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD released the following statement after the North Carolina state legislature approved a “repeal” of its HB2 law, a last-minute maneuver that only further marginalizes and endangers the transgender community while also nixing any opportunity to add more protections for LGBTQ North Carolinians across the state.

“This so-called ‘deal’ is politics at its worst and was only made as the state faced losing key NCAA events and further economic damage. What we witnessed was a last minute idea thrown together with little thought of protecting transgender residents. Any human being, regardless of who they are, should always come before a basketball game – but apparently the North Carolina state government still doesn’t understand that concept.”

The North Carolina NAACP, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Equality North Carolina, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), and the Freedom Center for Social Justice, issued a joint statement following North Carolina’s shameful new legislation that lawmakers and Governor Cooper falsely touted as a “repeal” of their discriminatory HB2 law.
“We call on the NCAA to oppose this shameful HB2.0 bill in North Carolina, and not to reward lawmakers who have passed this so-called ‘deal’ which is an affront to the values we all hold. This bill is anti-worker, anti-access to the courts, and anti-LGBTQ. It violates all basic principles of diversity, inclusion and basic civil rights. Fundamentally, any moratorium on civil rights is not a compromise, it is a contradiction with the principle of equal protection under the law and our moral values.”
This statement was cosigned by Dr. William Barber, North Carolina NAACP President; Chad Griffin, HRC President; Chris Sgro, Equality NC Executive Director; Mara Keisling, NCTE Executive Director; and Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Freedom Center for Social Justice Executive Director.

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