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Gov. McCrory defends HB2 on “Meet the Press”; NBC estimates loss over anti-LGBT law at $39.7 million

By: - April 17, 2016 12:55 pm

Governor Pat McCrory took to national television on Sunday to explain  his decision to sign House Bill 2, and his executive order to walk back parts of the so-called bathroom bill just three weeks later.  In the nearly 10-minute interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” McCrory told interviewer Chuck Todd:

  • HB2 was necessary to address “government overreach” by the city of Charlotte
  • “We need more dialogue, not threats.”
  • “I’m not the private sector’s HR director. I’m the HR director and governor of all state employees.”
  • “We’ve got to deal with this extremely new social norm that has come to our nation in a very quick period of time and have these discussions about the complexity of equality, while also balancing the concept of privacy.”
  • He did not meet with any transgendered people prior to signing HB2
  • On the Human Rights Campaign (HRC):  “My gosh, they’re more powerful than the NRA.”
  • He favors repealing the one section of the bill that allows for the ability to sue in state court; the bathroom section of the bill affecting transgendered individuals is unlikely to change.

NBC estimates that North Carolina conservatively has lost $39.7 million since the governor signed the bill from businesses protesting the discriminatory legislation.

More than 160 leading CEOs and business leaders have signed an open letter urging Governor McCrory and the General Assembly to repeal bill in the upcoming short session.

Watch the full interview below:

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Clayton Henkel
Clayton Henkel

Communications Coordinator Clayton Henkel manages the NC Newsline website and daily newsletter, while also producing daily audio commentaries and the weekly News and Views radio program/podcast.