Progressive groups and lawmakers blasted state politicians after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed a bill Wednesday night that keeps cities from passing anti-discrimination measures.
The new law, rushed through a special session of the legislature called by McCrory, was ostensibly intended to block a Charlotte ordinance that would provide protections for LGBT individuals in public spaces, but LGBT advocates note the law goes much farther.
"Governor McCrory’s reckless decision to sign this appalling legislation into law is a direct attack on the rights, well-being, and dignity of hundreds of thousands of LGBT North Carolinians and visitors to the state," Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement. "This outrageous new law not only strips away the ability of local jurisdictions to protect LGBT people from discrimination, but it goes further and targets transgender students who deserve to be treated equally at school -- not harassed and excluded. Governor McCrory’s action will be judged sorely by history and serve as a source of deep shame, remorse, and regret."
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