The Raleigh City Council has joined the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce in calling for the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal House Bill 2.
Mayor Nancy McFarlane read the following statement at Tuesday’s meeting:
“On March 28th, I issued a statement with your support following the passage of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, better known as HB2, reiterating Raleigh’s continued commitment to being open to everyone, treating everyone with dignity and respect, and providing support to our businesses, citizens and visitors.
Since then, there has been much debate statewide and nationally regarding HB2; while here in Raleigh, we’ve been focused on the local impact. Over the past few weeks, we have heard from many community groups and individual citizens about their concerns that HB2 does not reflect Raleigh’s values. We’ve also heard from businesses, conventions, conferences, employment recruiters and others about the negative economic impact of HB2. The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau has indicated there are currently 16 Raleigh events at risk totaling an estimated $28 million in visitor spending, this is in addition to $3.2 million in confirmed losses through event cancellations and downsizing. Additionally, just today, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce issued a statement in opposition to HB2 and calling for its repeal.”
The Greater Raleigh Chamber made it clear in its own statement the city’s image was being being tarnished on the national stage:
HB2 has already harmed business growth in Wake County and the state of North Carolina’s reputation. This legislation is a threat to our mission as an organization devoted to growing our region’s economy. Our state has been represented negatively in more than 5,300 media outlets across the United States with nearly 8 billion impressions.
Raleigh’s stance came one day after the Winston-Salem City Council passed a resolution calling on legislators to reconsider the impact of the LGBT law in the short session.
Earlier this month, Asheville City Council called on the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal House Bill 2 “at the earliest opportunity.”
Greensboro passed its own resolution on April 5th:
Update to our earlier post:
Wilmington’s City Council has also gone one record in calling for a repeal of HB2. Here’s an excerpt from their resolution:
“Therefore, be it resolved that the City of Wilmington reaffirms its support of diversity and inclusion and the ability of local government officials to protect and advance those ideals and respectfully requests that the NC General Assembly rescind House Bill 2 during the 2016 Legislative Short Session.”