Businesses Up The Pressure On NC Gov Over Anti-LGBT Law

Since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory last week signed rushed legislation that keeps local governments from passing anti-discrimination measures that protect gay and transgender individuals, pressure from businesses has only increased.

Numerous companies including PayPal and Google were quick to denounce the law last week. On Tuesday, 80 executives signed a letter condemning the law, warning that it could “diminish the state’s draw as a destination for tourism, new businesses, and economic activity.” And on Thursday, 16 more executives signed the letter, including those from Reddit and CitiBank.

Both A&E and Fox told Variety on Wednesday that they may not film future projects in North Carolina due to the new law, though both will complete projects that already began filming in the state.

“Production on ‘Six’ is already under way, however we will not consider North Carolina for any new productions,” a spokesman for A&E told Variety in a statement.

“On behalf of our creative partners and colleagues who made commitments to shoot in North Carolina prior to this bill being signed, we join the growing coalition of businesses that hope to see this act repealed. In addition, we will reconsider future filming commitments in North Carolina if the Act is not repealed,” Fox said in a statement to Variety.

The executive committee of High Point Market has also said that customers have cancelled plans to attend its April furniture expo due to the passage of the new law in North Carolina.

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