The national debate in the name of religious freedom came to North Carolina this week with Gov. Pat McCrory saying he opposes legislation in the General Assembly similar to the law in Indiana that’s drawing widespread criticism. House Speaker Tim Moore has said he would like to see how such a measure would affect North Carolina’s brand.
Wake County Rep. Grier Martin says he is cautiously optimistic the leadership will not push forward with legislation that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
“Any indication that it might move at all is going to further damage our brand. The Governor said quite clearly that he’s not interested in signing Senate Bill 2 and perhaps this bill, but he needs to send a clear indication that not only that, but the chief executive of our state is not going to tolerate this and he’s going to use his veto power on anything that moves forward,” said Martin.
On Thursday, Senate President Phil Berger told the Raleigh News & Observer that his chamber “has made no decision as to what we intend to do.”
Rep. Martin joins us this weekend on NC Policy Watch’s News and Views to discuss the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that has drawn criticism from the NCAA, NASCAR, Wal-mart, Warren Buffet and dozens of other corporate leaders.
On Thursday, Indiana’s governor signed a fix to the RFRA that he hoped would bring an end to the controversy in his state.
To hear a preview of Rep. Martin’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below: