NC lawmaker reverses position on HB2

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – A Democratic North Carolina state representative says he was wrong to vote for a law that limits protections for lesbians, gays and transgender people.

Rep. Billy Richardson of Fayetteville wrote in an op-ed piece published Tuesday in The Fayetteville Observer that he is “haunted” by his decision to vote for the law during a special session in late March. He urges his colleagues to repeal the law.

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Because of the law, he says that: “we now live in a state that has closed our state courts to citizens who suffer discrimination for practicing their Christian faith or other religious beliefs, or because of their race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability.”

He also says the law will cost North Carolina jobs as businesses look to other states “that have not taken this divisive path.”

REP RICHARDSON OPED GRAPHIC 1

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