WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and Equality North Carolina has filed an open records request seeking information from state leaders about House Bill 2.
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“Gov. McCrory has been misleading the public for weeks about how HB2 has written discrimination into state law. Does he not know what is in his own bill, or does he just not care?” asked HRC President Chad Griffin in a written release. “The more we learn about HB2, the more reckless and indefensible its attacks against all North Carolinians has become. If Gov. McCrory can push HB2 through the legislature and sign it in one day, he can surely release these records before the legislature reconvenes on April 25.”
Three weeks ago, the General Assembly passed HB2 and Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law. Since then, McCrory issued an executive order, make changes to the law, which requires people to use the restroom based on the sex on their birth certificate.
LGBT advocates say the order did nothing to fix the law that they call discriminatory against the LGBT community. They say the governor has been misleading the public for weeks about how the bill has written discrimination into law.
“The people of North Carolina deserve to know what happened and transparency into the process of passing this hateful law is a helpful first step,” said Matt Hirschy, Director of Advancement, Equality NC.