North Carolina’s state Legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory, signed a bill on March 23 that removes any LBGT protection in the state. The bill was passed 12 hours after its introduction to the Legislature.
Many gay rights organizations and transgender celebrities are outraged the bill passed. Gov. McCrory responded on Twitter.
The bill basically changed the state’s civil rights laws to protect people by race, color, religion, age, national origin and biological sex. Meaning it does not protect sexual orientation nor gender identity. The state was expected to pass the protection of sexual orientation and gender identity starting April 1 but this version of the bill that passed revoked it and is also going to be “blocking local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules to grant protections to gay and transgender people.” (Domonoske)
Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, said, “This discriminatory law is a scourge on the progress that we as a nation have achieved for LGBT Americans, but we will not waiver in the fight for full equality and acceptance,” adding, “now corporate America, including the entertainment industry, must join the chorus of Americans taking a stand to let Governor McCrory and other lawmakers know that discrimination will not be tolerated.” (Westcott)
The bill will keep transgenders from choosing which bathroom they would like to use unless their gender has been officially changed on their birth certificate.
What are your thoughts? Do you believe Gov. McCrory signed it for the right reasons?
Domonoske, Camila. “North Carolina Passes Law Blocking Measures To Protect LGBT People.” NPR. NPR, 24 Mar. 2016. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.
Westcott, Lucy. “North Carolina’s Sweeping Anti-LGBT Bill Slammed by Civil Rights Group and Celebrities.” Newsweek. Newsweek, 24 Mar. 2016. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.