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Cooper to extend LGBT protections

Posted May 16

Gov. Roy Cooper holds a Feb. 14, 2017, news conference to announce a proposal to repeal a state law limiting LGBT rights.

— Goy. Roy Cooper said Tuesday that he plans to issue an executive order to extend protections to gay and transgender people in North Carolina.

Speaking at a conference sponsored by the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington, Cooper told the audience that he needed to compromise on the repeal of House Bill 2 to move the issue forward but that he's determined to continue fighting for LGBT rights.

"I had a choice: Do I continue to make a statement and pound on table and nothing happen, or take a positive step and make progress and continue to fight?" he said.

State lawmakers agreed in late March to repeal House Bill 2, the year-old law that limited LGBT rights and transgender access to public bathrooms.

But LGBT advocates criticized the repeal legislation, which prohibits North Carolina cities and counties from adopting nondiscrimination ordinances until late 2020.

"Although I’ve had hard conversations with a number of my friends about this who would have rather us go two years with House Bill 2 instead of taking the compromise, as governor and as leader of my state, knowing what it has done to the reputation of my state and the signal it sends to LGBT citizens and everyone I knew, we had to make a step, and that’s why I did it," Cooper said. "Diversity is our strength. North Carolina is a welcoming state, and we just have to make sure our laws catch up with our people, and we’re going to get there."

Cooper spokeswoman Sadie Weiner couldn't provide more details on the planned executive order or when it would be signed.

Shortly after House Bill 2 was enacted last year, then-Gov. Pat McCrory signed an executive order extending sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination protections to state workers while reaffirming the bathroom restrictions included in the controversial law.

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  • Matt Wood May 17, 11:15 a.m.
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    The nondiscrimination laws for housing, jobs, healthcare, etc. do NOT include LGBT people, so they can be denied any of those things just for being LGBT and the denier will get away with it.

  • Matt Wood May 17, 11:14 a.m.
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    You do know Trump has already filed to run for re-election, is still holding campaign rallies, and is already raising campaign funds, right?

  • Jim Bob May 17, 8:54 a.m.
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    Please re-read my comment & the one I was replying to before lumping me in with the rest of that list. Thanks.

  • Michael Bawden May 17, 7:49 a.m.
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    Just another reason to enroll your children in a private school by 2020.

  • Thomas Williams May 16, 7:03 p.m.
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    Are there any laws on the books that state LGBT may be discriminated against for specific situations? I don't know of any. Roy Cooper was elected by out of state money from LGBT support groups IMO, and he has to make them happy. Cooper will be a weak governor who will be known for accomplishing g very little for average North Carolinians

  • Glenn Christie May 16, 6:13 p.m.
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    Truth be known...Mr Cooper does not give a tinkers dang about the LGBT. All he is doing is just laying the foreground for reelection. ALL Liberals never quit campaigning ever. That's all he is up to...just saying...

  • Andrew Stephenson May 16, 6:03 p.m.
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    What IS the gay agenda?

  • Pete Knowles May 16, 5:54 p.m.
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    Aaron Lee, why to want to deny gay and transgendered people the same rights you share? This is not their agenda. They just would like the same human rights you and I have.

  • Jim Bob May 16, 5:34 p.m.
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    Please do state specifically which law(s) you're referencing, particularly where you as a straight male (presumably) feel you have insufficient protections against discrimination for basic things like housing, employment, etc. Also, which rights are the LGBT community trying to receive that are in excess beyond those enjoyed by all other taxpaying citizens?

  • Andy Holt May 16, 5:27 p.m.
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    What kind of further protections are they in need of? I have heard NO stories, nor read ANY articles of any LGBT "bashing" going on? Has it happened.... probably so, but obviously NOT in any greater numbers that would warrant any further protection than the general public presently gets? It appears that the "group" that is under constant, daily assault..... is a Trump supporter?

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