Opinion Roundup: July 31, 2016 -- HB2 continues to draw attention

Posted July 31, 2016

The group has their eyes set on House Bill 2, which requires people to use public bathrooms that match their birth gender and excludes gay and transgender people from discrimination protections.

Tech leader: We're 'horrified' by HB2 (Charlotte Observer column) – Even after the NBA made good on its threat to pull the 2017 basketball All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of North Carolina’s discriminatory HB2 anti-LGBT law, the governor’s office still didn’t understand why. This move wasn’t about “out-of-state special interest groups” seeking to pressure businesses to penalize the state, as State Budget Director Andrew Heath said following the NBA’s announcement. It’s about promoting policies that make North Carolina a welcoming place to do business.

No end in sight to HB2 backlash (Southern Pines Pilot) -- Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican leaders of the General Assembly clearly believe that if they just keep their heads stuck in the sand long enough and practice sufficient denial, then the whole controversy created by their ill-advised ramrodding through of House Bill 2 will go away.

TIM WHITE: McCrory makes flying leap for Trump's coattails (Fayetteville Observer column) -- So it's a joke now, something to ridicule and get a few cheap laughs. A way to play to our inner meanness with a wink and a chuckle. Gov. Pat McCrory appears to have decided to surf to re-election victory on Donald Trump's coattails and the voter bloc that supports House Bill 2 - and he has no problem if that demonizes the gay, lesbian and transgender people that the law targets.

McCrory adds insult to injury on HB2 (Winston-Salem Journal) -- Recent remarks from Gov. Pat McCrory about HB2 have done nothing to calm the firestorm that has spread in its wake. He and the legislature should solve the problem rather than belittle its impact.

McCrory’s changing story on N.C.’s HB2 (Greensboro News & Record column) -- So what's Gov. Pat McCrory's position today on why the NBA yanked its All-Star Game from Charlotte?


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