North Carolina Gov won't repeal HB2, is against federal discrimination protections

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McCrory's executive order affirmed parts of the law directing people at government buildings and schools to use the multi-stall bathrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificate. "And I think that's government overreach".

"Because I'm not the private sector's H.R. director", McCrory said. Todd pressed him on that as well, to no avail.

Supporters say HB2, signed into law three weeks ago, was needed to fend off a possible wave of local laws like the transgender-friendly bathroom ordinance adopted by the Charlotte City Council. "We have more male sexual predators in this state than we do transgender population".

More than 160 major companies have called for repeal of House Bill 2 and others, such as PayPal and Deutsche Bank, have cancelled expansion plans in the state over the law.

The state faced backlash after the governor signed the law, with entertainers such as Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr canceling shows in the state and businesses threatening to move elsewhere. "Governor McCrory may deny it for as long as he likes, but all HB 2 does is send a message to the rest of the nation that North Carolina is not a place where transgender people are treated fairly and equally under the law".

"We haven't had a religious freedom bill, because I'm governor", he said. "I walked into a buffet restaurant, African American buffet restaurant, and the people just welcomed me with open arms and said, 'Thanks for protecting us, '" McCrory said. (Todd: "But you had said you weren't anxious about that deadline.") I wasn't.

North Carolina's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, signed the law last month after its passage by the state legislature which sought to stop a non-discrimination ordinance passed by Charlotte, the state's largest city.

But McCrory made clear he doesn't think the same prohibition on discrimination should be made by government for the public sector.

The singer brought to the stage a representative from Equality North Carolina.

The president of the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement Sunday that McCrory is ignoring business opposition to the law.

But when asked how that logic is any different from the logic used by politicians who opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960's, McCrory ducked the question and said he didn't know of any businesses that are discriminating against the LGBT community. "He needs to provide leadership for the full repeal".

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