Earlier this week, NC Governor signed into Law a bill which prohibits local cities and municipalities from either enacting or enforcing existing laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination. The law is un-constitutional, however it will likely be 4-5 years before that decision is made by the Supreme Court. So, unless a State Judge stays the Law – it will be in effect.
In the mean time, NC Tea Baggers are going to find out just how expensive their cretinism and bigotry is.
After passing the same type of legislation in Georgia, a number of companies have threatened to pull out of the state.
In North Carolina so far, the NBA has threatened to cancel it’s All Star Game in the State, and the NCAA has threatened to pull all 20 games of March Madness out of the state in 2017. A number of corporations have expressed disapproval, but whether such will translate into any action is yet to be seen.
The North Carolina Law is different from the Georgia Law in that it specifically targets LGBT people, and forces cities to remove ordinances passed at the local level to protect their rights. The Georgia law legalizes discrimination against anyone, whether LBGT or a minority based on “religious” grounds.
Dow Chemical, PayPal and the NCAA have all spoken out against the new law.
Companies are taking a stand against North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law, which Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed on Wednesday.
House Bill 2, approved by the state’s General Assembly in a special session, prevents cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. The law came in response to an anti-discrimination ordinance recently passed in Charlotte, which allowed transgender people to use the bathroom designated for the gender with which they identify. Conservatives, including McCrory, vowed to take down the so-called bathroom bill, arguing the law would give predators license to enter women’s bathrooms. (As HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel reports, this rhetoric has doomed many equal rights initiatives.)
The resulting legislation is a wide-ranging measure that blocks local governments from passing laws protecting LGBT people, requires schools to designate single-sex bathrooms based on “biological sex” and preempts city policies involving wages, benefits and other workplace regulations.
Corporate leaders in the state have been swift to condemn the law, echoing the backlash that helped take down Indiana’s “religious freedom“ law last year.
The law also drew opposition from the NCAA, which had planned to host at least 20high-profile games in the state in 2017 and 2018, including the immensely popular Division I men’s tournament. The association hinted that HB 2 could change its mind.
“We’ll continue to monitor current events, which include issues surrounding diversity, in all cities bidding on NCAA championships and events, as well as cities that have already been named as future host sites,” the organization said in a statement. “Our commitment to the fair treatment of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, has not changed and is at the core of our NCAA values. It is our expectation that all people will be welcomed and treated with respect in cities that host our NCAA championships and events.”
American Airlines, which has a major hub in Charlotte, also condemned HB 2.
“We believe no individual should be discriminated against because of gender identity or sexual orientation,” American Airlines spokeswoman Katie Cody said. “Laws that allow such discrimination go against our fundamental belief of equality and are bad for the economies of the state in which they are enacted.”
The NBA, which has scheduled the league’s 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte, said its leaders “do not know” how the law will affect plans for the game: