On March 23, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law HB2 - an outrageous and unprecedented anti-LGBTQ law. McCrory's anti-LGBTQ HB2 law inflicted devastating harm on the people, reputation and economy of North Carolina. On December 5, McCrory lost his re-election, conceding to Governor-elect Roy Cooper.
AN HRC and Equality NC survey of 500 North Carolina voters found them opposed to HB2 by a 62 to 30 percent margin. HB2 was also listed as the leading reason to vote against McCrory -- with 57 percent citing HB2, 17 points above any other issue.
While it is clear that discriminatory policies are bad for business and for America and ultimately cost McCrory his re-election, some legislators across the nation are still willing to take the risk. Here are some politicians who took notice of McCrory’s misdeeds and are steering clear of anti-LGBTQ bills…for now:
- Kentucky’s Republican Governor Matt Bevin Slams Anti-Transgender Laws: At a news conference on Friday, he called HB2-like legislation that restricts transgender people’s access to public accommodations that match their gender identity “unnecessary and silly.” When asked if such a bill should be considered in the state’s upcoming legislative session, Bevin said: “Why? Why would we? Why would anybody need it? Is it an issue?” More from The Lexington Herald Leader.
- Texas’ Speaker of the House Joe Straus Says Anti-Transgender Bill “Isn't the Most Urgent Concern”: Last month, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus admitted that he will try to stay clear of anti-transgender legislation, especially since the NCAA Men's Final Four will be in San Antonio in 2018. "We don't want to do anything that jeopardizes that (the game)," he said, according to The Dallas Morning News. And Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said that, “We're in the information-gathering stage right now,” regarding anti-trans legislation.