Businesses Fighting North Carolina Republican Anti-LGBT Law

25 Mar

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.

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Businesses Are Joining The Fight Against North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law

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:



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5 responses to “Businesses Fighting North Carolina Republican Anti-LGBT Law

  1. lkeke35

    March 25, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    They gon’ learn. They’re essentially fu*** ng with these businesses employees and customers. And these are states that are already deeply impoverished. Companies boycotting them, ain’t gonna help one bit.

    I cannot understand a group of people willing to burn down the world, and salt the earth, just to get their way. I cannot even begin to fathom them. I just don’t.


    • roderick2012

      March 25, 2016 at 10:18 PM


      Another battle between two Republican factions—the holy rollers vs. big business.

      Suddenly Big Business and liberals are the same side.

      It will be interesting to see if NC Democrats can field a competitive candidate for governor go go against McCrory who pretended to be a moderate when he ran four years ago.

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      • lkeke35

        March 25, 2016 at 10:30 PM

        The Repubs are gonna learn that these are two masters they cannot serve. They’re gonna have to pick one and jettison the other. I’m pretty sure, whichever side they pick will benefit the rest of us.

        Liberalism can be good for making money. Happy shareholders, customers and employees, make money for a company. When such people are unhappy they cost a company money and companies don’t like that.

        Theocrats only care about having things their own way and that doesn’t make enough money for companies.


      • roderick2012

        April 4, 2016 at 8:29 AM

        There in lies the Republicans’ problem going forward.

        Even with both of those groups supporting Romney in 2012 Obama got more than 5 million more votes than Romney and now that this coalition is split what is the Republicans’ strategy going to be for winning back the White House even after 2016?

        Trump has already exposed the schism between some of the base which doesn’t believe that the Establishment has delivered on their promise to challenge President Obama or enact conservative legislation now there’s another intraparty fracture the Republicans have to deal with if it wants to even be viable on the state level.


      • btx3

        April 4, 2016 at 10:01 AM

        There are multiple fractures in the Republican coalition put together during Raygun. I think, with the draconian social laws, such as hose in North Carolina and Mississippi, there is getting ready to be one hell of a kickback against the Religious right/Tea Party faction with their anti-LGBT and anti-women legislation.

        The second fracture is in Trump’s base, largely blue collar and poor whites. If you look at the hypothetical match-ups of Bernie v Trump, Bernie is now leading by 20%. The reason for that is Bernie attracts those of that base whose primary concern is jobs, and not driven by racism.

        The third fracture, which has been evident for some time – is the “moderate” Republicans, who have been left high and dry by the continual shift further right of the Party with each defeat.

        So yeah – the Republican Party as we know it is dead, and will likely split.

        But the other news is the Democrats may split as well, as Progressives have become fed up with the old line Liberals inability to move forward, and compromises.



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