North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill passed by the North Carolina legislature on Wednesday that repeals protections for members of the LGBT community.
The bill was authored to prevent NC municipalities, such as Charlotte, passing laws of their own to protect LGBT community rights.
Charlotte for example, passed an ordinance barring discrimination and allowing transgender people to use the bathroom appropriate to the gender to which they identify.
All Republicans and 11 Democrats in NC’s House of Representatives backed the repeal of anti-LGBT discrimination and in the Senate, the bill passed 32-0 when all the State’s Democratic Senators walked out.
“We witnessed an affront to democracy,” said Democratic Sen. Dan Blue of Raleigh, the minority leader. “We will not be silent.”
The sweeping bill blocks any NC municipality from passing their own anti-discrimination laws in the future.
“This is about protecting — not from a transgender, necessarily — but from a predator,” said GOP state Rep. Pat McElraft.
Twitter reaction to this bill was swift, with the #WeAreNotThis emerging in opposition and quickly becoming popular.
One transgender man pointed out to NC Gov. McCrory why he feels this bill does not make sense.
— JP Sheffield (@JayShef) 24 March 2016
McCrory is facing a stiff fight for re-election. His opponent is Attorney General Roy Cooper who was quick to condemn the Governor for signing this bill into law.
“Discrimination is wrong, period,” he said. “That North Carolina is making discrimination part of the law is shameful. It will not only cause real harm to families, but to our economy as well.”
NC might feel the economic ramifications of this move soon. Media giant Disney threatened to boycott the state of Georgia if it passed a similar anti-LGBT law.
[Charlotte Observer] [Raw Story] [Los Angeles Times]