Reactions to North Carolina Anti-LGBT Law

North Carolina legislators passed House Bill 2 that Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 that revokes Charlotte’s recently-passed law protecting LGBT rights and prevents any other North Carolina cities or counties from passing such legislation in the future.

In what may be a record-setting time, North Carolina’s legislators met, introduced, debated and passed House Bill 2, then passed it on to Republican Governor Pat McCrory for signing, all accomplished within 12 hours. North Carolina’s General Assembly was in recess, not scheduled to return to session until late April, but scheduled the special session, a first in 35 years, reports NPR. The General Assembly met to address the recently-passed Charlotte law that expanded the city’s discrimination rights to include sexual orientation and gender identity, set to go into effect on April 1, 2016.

North Carolina General Assembly

The North Carolina General Assembly scheduled a special session, the first in 35 years, to introduce, debate and pass House Bill 2, its anti-LGBT legislation. (Image credit:

House Bill 2 passed by a vote of 84 to 25 in the North Carolina House of Representatives and a vote of 32-0 in the North Carolina Senate with Democratic senators walking out in protest, according to The Charlotte Observer.

House Bill 2 establishes a statewide non-discrimination standard that includes race, religion, color, biological sex, and national origin. The new law bypasses discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and supersedes non-discrimination laws passed by legal entities below the state level.

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Reactions to North Carolina Anti-LGBT Law

Reactions from gay rights organizations, businesses and celebrities have been as swift in coming as the new North Carolina law was in its formation.

Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO and president of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released a statement about House Bill 2, “Today, North Carolinians have been deprived of basic fairness, leaving families vulnerable and putting countless individuals in harm’s way.”

In the same statement, Ellis issued a challenge to those who oppose the new law by saying, “ 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.”

Dow Chemical shared this statement via Twitter:

Biogen tweeted:

North Carolina branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):

North Carolina Senator Jeff Jackson:

Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Jennifer Roberts:

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