Statement from HRC and Equality NC Response to Gubernatorial Debate

by HRC Staff

WASHINGTON – Following tonight’s North Carolina gubernatorial debate moderated by NBC’s Chuck Todd, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin and Equality North Carolina Executive Director Chris Sgro released the following statements:

“Tonight, we unfortunately heard more of the same from Governor McCrory: broken promises, sorry excuses and the same old hate-filled policies,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “As Governor, Pat McCrory signed HB2 into law which has hurt North Carolinians and the economy. For voters the choice couldn’t be clearer. As Governor, Roy Cooper will stand up for fairness, equality and promote policies that bring jobs to North Carolina."

"Tonight North Carolina saw two visions for North Carolina,” said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro. “Pat McCrory tonight continued to blame others for the millions of dollars in economic loss we are suffering after he alone signed the most anti-LGBT bill in the entire nation. Roy Cooper offered a positive vision for our future and a commitment to common sense, fairness, and creating good paying jobs. Roy Cooper stands with all of us, which is exactly why he will be our next governor.”

HRC and Equality North Carolina have endorsed pro-equality candidates up and down the ticket this year in North Carolina, including Roy Cooper for Governor and candidates for the General Assembly.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Equality NC is a statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians. For more information, please visit

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