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HB2 update: Guv flummoxed in Fox interview; Berger letter gets truth edits; N&R sportswriter says McCrory must “stand up”

If anything, the news surrounding North Carolina’s troubled LGBT discrimination law, HB2. has only grown in intensity this week. Here are three items  from just the last few hours:

#1 – Pat McCrory went on Fox News last night to defend the law but found himself getting raked over the coals by host Megyn Kelly. Click here for a summary [1] and below to watch the video:

#2 – The good folks at the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC have done a fabulous job of editing an April 19 letter from Senate leader Phil Berger in which Berger attempts to defend HB2 to corporate CEOs. Click here to read the on-the-money and often amusing edits [2].

#3 – Be sure to read an outstanding column in the Greensboro News & Record [3] by sportswriter/columnist Ed Hardin entitled “HB2 is up to you, Governor.” Here’s an excerpt:

“It’s time for the Ragsdale Tiger to do what’s right for his state, not for his political cronies in the state house.

This silly law they’re arguing about has become an embarrassment. They call it HB 2, a proposal that would limit protections for gay, lesbian, transsexual and transgender residents. Around the state, people are referring to it as ‘that bathroom thing.’

People around the country are making fun of us. Here at home, it’s not funny at all.

We’re losing jobs and money. We’re losing tourism and trade.

This needs to end, Governor. And you need to end it….

This is the time of the year when our state is on display. This is the time of year when people from all over the country come to us to get away from politics and play golf or go camping or go fishing at the beach.

Now is the time to embrace what makes us North Carolina, not what some misguided politician holed up inside the General Assembly wants it to be.

Stand up to them, Governor. And stand up for your state.

It’s the right thing to do.

Do it for your people back home, in Jamestown, where the Keyauwee and Catawba lived, where Quakers settled, where the Underground Railroad stopped – where you went to high school.

Esse quam videri.”