RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Newly released records show former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed a state law nullifying anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people after seeing a poll indicating the move would be politically popular.
The Charlotte Observer reports newly released emails show McCrory responded by writing “wow” after his political strategist shared a poll indicating broad opposition to a Charlotte non-discrimination ordinance.
That exchange came one day before state lawmakers passed House Bill 2 in a one-day special session last March and McCrory signed it into law hours later.
The law excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from anti-discrimination protections. It also requires transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings matching the sex on their birth certificates.
The law triggered a backlash from LGBT advocates and businesses who say it’s discriminatory.