The top ten things about HB2 that happened over the weekend

The top ten things about HB2 that happened over the weekend


1) Gov. Pat McCrory claimed in a nationally televised interview on Meet the Press that the reason he doesn’t support protecting all LGBT workers from being fired because of their sexual orientation is that he doesn’t think that “government should be the HR director for every business.”

But government already forbids companies from firing workers because of their race, religion, sex, national origin, etc., raising the question of whether or not McCrory thinks those basic protections are inappropriate too.

2) Gov. McCrory said on Meet the Press that his executive order protecting only LGBT workers who are state employees from employment discrimination was the same as an order issued recently by Louisiana Governor Bel Edwards who was praised for his decision while McCrory was criticized.

McCrory is wrong. The two orders are not the same. McCrory’s order only protects LGBT state employees. The order issued by Edwards in Louisiana applies to LGBT workers with the state and all workers for companies that contract with the state, a much larger group of employees.

3) Gov. McCrory said on Meet the Press that he signed HB2, the sweeping anti-LGBT law, before meeting with any transgender people or any other opponents of the bill because there wasn’t time because the Charlotte ordinance it overturned was going into effect April 1.

But McCrory signed the bill on March 23rd, nine days before the ordinance took effect and plenty of the time for the General Assembly to reconvene in another special session and pass the narrower version of the bill he claims to have supported.

4) Gov. McCrory claimed on Meet the Press that the Human Rights Campaign—the LGBT rights nonprofit that is a leading critic of HB2—was more powerful that the National Rifle Association.

The 2014 publicly available tax return of the Human Rights Campaign 501(c) 3 shows revenue for the year of $38 million. The 2013 publicly available tax return of the NRA shows revenue of $347 million.

5) The number of businesses calling for repeal of HB2 grew to more than 160 with the addition of corporations like William Sonoma, Bloomberg, and United Airlines.

6) N.C. State Economist Mike Walden, long associated with the conservative John Locke Foundation, told the Fayetteville Observer that the corporate opposition to the anti-LGBT law will “force the General Assembly to rewrite the legislation” or the economic damage to the state will continue to increase.

7) Gov. McCrory and his supporters continue to attack the Human Rights Campaign as a “shadowy left-wing group funded by anonymous donors,” but most nonprofits aren’t required to disclose their donors.

Neither are many political advocacy groups, including a foundation that is currently running television ads on McCrory’s behalf, the Renew North Carolina Foundation. The Foundation has refused to reveal who is providing its funding though McCrory has appeared at its fundraisers.

8) Gov. McCrory says that South Carolina and its Governor Nikki Haley are doing the same thing that is happening in North Carolina, but Haley has publicly said she opposes a bill in the South Carolina legislature similar to the anti-LGBT law that McCrory signed.

9) Gov. McCrory and the bill’s supporters continue to say that HB2 is about safety in bathrooms and showers but can cite no evidence of problems in the 17 states and more than 200 cities that have an ordinance in place to protect transgender people similar to one Charlotte enacted.

10) Gov. McCrory, in a letter to the Washington Post, defended the anti-LGBT he signed against attacks from the “politically correct elite” and again described the criticism of the law as a “coordinated assault and smear campaign.”

McCrory has yet to comment on why former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl, a man McCrory recently called a visionary, is also part of the left-wing conspiracy for his opposition to McCrory’s anti-LGBT bill.