Editorial: Back candidates who will repeal HB2, N.C.'s suffered enough

Posted October 10, 2016
Updated October 11, 2016

Several LGBT advocacy groups drop off petitions for the repeal of the controversial House Bill 2 at the State Capitol.

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A CBC Editorial: Monday, Oct. 10, 2016; Editorial# 8066
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

Make no mistake about it. Notorious House Bill 2 is pushing the top of North Carolina’s worst law list. It is a salute to bigotry and discrimination. It is NOT about bathrooms or anyone’s safety. No amount of political spin, no amount of advertising, will cover it up. It is about prejudice.

Do we need to be stronger in our disgust for the awful blight on the reputation and brand of North Carolina?

Let’s be clear. No one who voted for HB2, and has not yet repudiated and apologized for that vote, deserves to be in public office – anywhere or at any level. Similarly, any candidates for public office who won’t support and vote for its immediate repeal, should not have the honor of receiving anyone’s vote or holding public office.

HB2 legalized discrimination in North Carolina. Under North Carolina law today, thanks to HB2, an employer can fire someone simply because they are gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual. The authority of North Carolina’s local governments to enact rules and regulations they feel best suit their communities – when it comes to LGBT issues or even setting a minimum wage for contractors who do work with local governments – has been stripped by HB2.

Do any of these things have ANYTHING to do with bathrooms, locker rooms or public safety? Absolutely not!

HB2 was a desperate, needless and misguided grasp to foment a campaign wedge issue. The city of Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance needed no panicked reply from the General Assembly and the governor. The people of that city are more than capable of reacting – in support or objection.

It has been the broad condemnation of HB2, not the Charlotte ordinance, that has led to the devastating economic consequences and scorn North Carolina has faced since 9:57 p.m., March 23 when Gov. Pat McCrory signed the law.

While N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla has sought to spin-doctor the losses the state has faced, cities and towns; mom-and-pop corner stores and major corporations; universities big and small; and sports fans throughout the state know better.

Just ask PayPal, Deutsche Bank, the NCAA and the ACC, to name a few, about HB2. They believe discrimination is morally wrong and bad for business. They want no part of it and are taking their business elsewhere. Our brand is taking a beating.

HB2 needs to be repealed as soon as possible. No hemming-and-hawing. No quest for “compromise.” The city council in Charlotte did nothing wrong.

Vote for candidates that promise to completely repeal the law. Our state has suffered enough.


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  • David Lewis Oct 10, 2016
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    You know what they say about opinions.

  • Edward Tilley Oct 10, 2016
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    Mr. A.J. Fletcher is spinning in his grave. He would be VERY disappointed, Mr. Goodmon.

  • Vince DiSena Oct 10, 2016
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    Suffered? I read the economic impact is almost immeasurable.

  • Bryan Ayers Oct 10, 2016
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    The issue of where to take a bio-break wasn't an issue in non-election years.

    A simple minority is having trouble figuring out which bathroom to use?

    Props to the NCAA, Deutsche Bank, and other whiners for being bigoted against the views/perspectives of the rest of the 'Gender-Certain' citizens...

  • Chris Redshaw Oct 10, 2016
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    This whole "telling us who to vote for" is getting old. Can we expect this through election day??

  • David Hartman Oct 10, 2016
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    CBC = HRC.


  • Arron Lee Oct 10, 2016
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    CBC...sometimes you have to understand that it is not all about economics. Morality and safety of our citizens should be paramount. Personally, I am not ready to bend to any pressure to forfeit my code of ethics and moral compass.

  • Kelly Williams Powell Oct 10, 2016
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    Does this mean if I come to the WRAL building that I can use the women's room? Maybe I like having my wife knowing she is safe in a public restroom. Why do you support having a minuscule minority being able to force their PREFERENCE on the vast majority in one of the most private places in ones life?

  • Alfred Barnes Oct 10, 2016
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    Has the CBC considered asking Mecklenberg County to repeal their ordinance allowing students to use the bathroom of their choice? What is the policy at your offices? How do your employees feel about which bathroom they use?

    Isn't there enough foolishness in the world that we don't need to revisit how God made man and woman?

  • Judy Loftin Oct 10, 2016
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    It is about women and children safety and privacy. Thank you Governor!