The head of the misnamed NC Values Coalition confirmed again this week what we already knew about the real motivation behind HB2.
Coalition head Tammy Fitzgerald said in an absurd column run on the Daily Signal, part of the Heritage Foundation, that any effort to add discrimination protections for LGBT people to state law was an effort to “undermine freedom and empower the state to punish and silence its citizens for peacefully living and working according to their core convictions.”
Got that? Making it illegal to fire or deny services to a gay person simply because they are gay somehow undermines freedom and punishes and silences citizens.
Wonder if Fitzgerald thinks that making it illegal to refuse to serve African-Americans at a restaurant undermines freedom too? Maybe it’s time for signs in windows saying “Only Straights Served Here.”
Her offensive claims are the latest reminder that HB2 is not really about bathrooms, as offensive as those provisions in the law are. It is about denying basic civil rights to LGBT people in North Carolina. Period.
That’s why the nondiscrimination standard in HB2 includes protections for “biological sex,” not simply sex like the federal law. The U.S. Equal Employment Commission and federal courts have interpreted sex in the federal law as providing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Fitzgerald and other supporters of HB2 couldn’t have that, so they added biological sex to HB2. They went of their way to discriminate.
Sorry, HB2 has nothing to do with freedom. It is about discrimination and bigotry, pure and simple.