As we all know, there has been a huge amount of backlash to North Carolina’s anti LGBT law.
Now, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has signed an executive order to amend the law, softening it ever so slightly. The change, while positive, is not enough and will probably not stop the tide of negative press and boycotts surrounding the state.
McCrory appeared via videotape to announce a provision in House Bill 2, saying that the law will still require people to use the bathrooms correlating with their birth gender in schools and government buildings. However, the amendment now “when possible encourages reasonable accommodations for families and those who have unique or special circumstances.”
The anti-LGBT law now allows private private businesses to decide their “own policy with regard to restrooms, locker rooms and/or shower facilities.”
McCrory stated that he also plans to ask the state legislature to give people back the right so sue for discrimination in the courts, as well as the restoring the rights of private sector and local governments to establish their own non-discrimination employment policies.
As I mentioned earlier, while this is an improvement on the horrid law, House Bill 2 is still very discriminatory and naturally people aren’t all that impressed with these amendments.
Lambda Legal, one of the LGBTQ+ groups fighting the law, had this to say: “The devastating blow of HB2 will not be fixed by the band-aid of an executive order. While this is an improvement for the state employees it impacts, HB2’s reach goes far beyond what the executive order addresses and that’s why we are challenging this extreme and discriminatory measure – in order to ensure that everyone who lives in and visits North Carolina is protected under the law.”
“HB2 is an attack on fairness in employment, education, and local governance that encourages discrimination against thousands of LGBT people who call North Carolina home, and it particularly targets transgender people.”
I fully expect the boycotts of companies such as Paypal and xHamster to continue, as this law does very little to address the core of this hateful law.