Senator Richard Burr falsely claims that North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law is not discriminatory.
Last week we told you about North Carolina’s HB2, a law which moved through the State House and onto the governor’s desk with incredible speed. HB2 forbids trans people from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender in multi-person government bathrooms unless they manage to change the biological sex listed on their birth certificate.
At the time, we told you that Senator Richard Burr was “conspicuously silent” on the law — which has been called “shameful,” the “most anti-LGBT bill in the country,” and stands to cost the state a lot of money.
Well, not anymore. Sen. Burr spoke to ABC11 in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday and incredibly, claimed that the law doesn’t discriminate.
Burr is just plain wrong. The law, which Governor McCrory admitted was passed to stop Charlotte’s recently enacted LGBT law from going into effect, may nullify sexual orientation and gender identity protections that at least 14 other city and county governments have passed. Additionally, it stops workers who are fired for discriminatory reasons to sue their former employers in state court, a move that might discourage such lawsuits and make it easier for companies to discriminate.
Burr’s opponent, Deborah Ross, came out strongly against the law, saying that “North Carolinians need leaders that will stand up for them, in Raleigh and in Washington… Discrimination in any form is wrong. North Carolina is better than this.”
North Carolina’s attorney general, who is running against McCrory, has said he won’t defend the law, and described it as a “national embarrassment.”
More than 80 business leaders and CEOs have condemned the law as bad for business and bad for North Carolina, including Dow Chemical, IBM, American Airlines, Airbnb, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Marriott, the NBA, and the NCAA. Several public officials have also said that they are banning non-essential travel to the state, including the mayors of Chicago, New York City, Seattle and San Francisco, and the governors of New York, Vermont, and Washington.
Still, Burr has decided to stand with North Carolina Republicans in support of bigotry and against the state’s best interests. And the fact that he’s pretending HB2 is not a discriminatory bill suggests he fears North Carolinians will notice he’s working against their interests in support of his party’s extremist agenda.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)