Some Republicans address House Bill 2 at NC state convention

Governor Pat McCrory at the convention on Saturday in Greensboro. Photo by NC GOP/Twitter

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — State Republican leaders gathered Saturday in Greensboro and many of the state’s top leaders addressed House Bill 2.

A lot of the delegates at the event and the elected leaders themselves discussed the issue.

They know the Monday Department of Justice Deadline is approaching and they disagree with the actions of the federal government.

Governor Pat McCrory, who spoke at the event, didn’t say how he will respond to the US Department of Justice…but he did accept his party’s nomination in his re-election bid.

“This governor’s election is going to be the biggest governor’s election in the United States of America,” Republican NC Gov. Pat McCrory said about the upcoming match.

McCrory talked about his opponent in the governor’s race, Cooper, who has called for a repeal of House Bill 2

“We didn’t have an attorney general who would defend common sense privacy laws in our restrooms, our locker rooms and our shower facilities,” McCrory said.

State lawmakers have indicated they do not plan to repeal House Bill 2. The US Department of Justice says the law violates the Civil Rights Act.

That could impact more than a billion dollars in federal funds.

“You have the president saying, you know what, now we’re going to be extortionists. Now we’re going to take your hard earned tax dollars, we’re going to bring it up here to Washington and then we’re going to manipulate you back home, hold your children hostage in education,” said Dan Forest, (R) Lieutenant Governor.

House Bill 2 opponents, like Guilford County Democratic Representative Chris Sgro, say the clock is ticking.

“We need to do it as soon as possible. I don’t know at that point when the loss of federal funding is going to happen, when the next concert is not going to be here at Koury Convention Center right in my district, when the next major corporation is going to say they’re not coming,” Sgro said.

House Speaker Tim Moore said no one should expect any action by the Monday deadline.

As for anything beyond that day, he had this to say:

“Frankly, there’s a lot of misunderstanding of this law out there. I think part of it is making sure folks understand things and, if we can make tweaks, to make it clear what the intent is, that’s certainly something we should look at,” Moore said.

Some house Republicans have said they’d be open to looking at the part of House Bill 2 that deals with suing for discrimination in state court.

The governor did not take any questions from reporters after Saturday’s address.

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