Governor McCrory announced an Executive Order yesterday that claims to fix some of the problems with HB2 but in reality fails to live up to the hype.
Despite vociferous criticism of HB2 from businesses owners and citizens across the state, the Governor’s new Executive Order essentially reinforces many of the bill’s most objectionable provisions, while offering up insufficient opportunities to improve it. In short the executive order maintains HB2’s provisions restricting transgender access to bathrooms in public accommodations, allowing local businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and prohibiting local governments from enacting anti-discrimination or living wage ordinances that cover private businesses, including public contractors.
And unfortunately, the few steps away from discrimination taken by the order—notably, stating a policy against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for state government employees and calling on the General Assembly to restore state employment non-discrimination protections for private sector workers—are practically nonexistent.
This what the executive order means in practice for North Carolina’s residents: