Is Governor Pat McCrory rethinking his position on the HB2 bill?
Last week, we addressed North Carolina’s HB2, or “bathroom bill” as it’s become affectionately known. Click the hyper link and give it a read if you’d like to catch up a bit on what that’s all about (you don’t have to read the entire post, as the first section explains what the HB2 bill actually says).
The bill was signed into law on the night of March 23, 2016, and in that time, public outcry against the bill has been strong. According to multiple sources, numerous companies have spoken out against the bill, including Google, Facebook, Apple, American Airlines, and even the NBA.
So what affect, if any, has this had on the governor?
On April 12th, the Governor signed into law Executive Order 93. According to CNN, the governor said the order “expands the state’s employment policy for state employees to cover sexual orientation and gender identity” and “seeks legislation to reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination.” And according to the Washington Post, “McCrory said he was expanding protections for state employees, which would prevent these workers from being fired for being gay or transgender. He also said he would seek legislation restoring the right to sue for discrimination.”
Hey, fantastic!! He’s finally getting the message! Maybe a certain someone who battles me constantly over facebook on this issue was right, and things are improving now.
Yea, not so fast. Lets look at what the actual order itself says. You can see this order here: https://ncgovernor.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/documents/files/McCrory%20EO%2093_0.pdf