Governor Pat McCrory’s office issued a statement Monday in response to the ACLU’s lawsuit against HB2.
Graham Wilson, the governor’s press secretary, called the legal challenge a distortion of facts by opponents of the law and members of the media.
“To counter a coordinated national effort to mislead the public, intimidate our business community and slander our great state, the governor will continue to set the record straight on a common sense resolution to local government overreach that imposed new regulations on businesses that intruded into the personal lives of our citizens.”
At a groundbreaking in Clayton earlier in the day, the governor pushed back at criticism for the bill he signed last Wednesday:
“We have not taken away any rights that currently existed in any city in North Carolina….from Raleigh, to Durham, to Chapel Hill to Charlotte,” said McCrory.
JoDee Winterhof, the Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs for the Human Rights Campaign, called McCrory’s statement “malarkey, pure and simple”:
“If Gov. McCrory can’t be honest about what his bill actually does, then he should repeal the discriminatory provisions that are in it when the legislature comes back in April. While the Governor bizarrely goes around the state to argue that no one lost any protections, the reality is that he took away Charlotte’s protections for the LGBT community and he moved North Carolina backwards and forced transgender students across the state to use restrooms inconsistent with their gender identity. In addition, he took away protections against discrimination for veterans in places like Greensboro and Orange County.”
Also today Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued an executive order banning city employees from traveling to North Carolina on official business due to the newly passed anti-gay law.
For more reaction to House Bill 2, click below to hear Lambda Legal’s Simone Bell discussing the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law: