Despite Opposition from Business, Faith Leaders, McCrory Signs Discriminatory Bill
Moving at near light-speed, lawmakers introduced, passed and Governor McCrory signed a sweeping bill that fundamentally redefines the non-discrimination protections that have been built up over the course of decades. The bill has far reaching consequences, and was opposed by major companies and organizations such as Red Hat, Biogen, and the NCAA, lawmakers felt this issue was worthy of an emergency session.
"Our commitment to the fair treatment of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, has not changed and is at the core of our NCAA values," NCAA spokeswoman Gail Dent said. "It is our expectation that all people will be welcomed and treated with respect in cities that host our NCAA championships and events."
Greensboro and Charlotte are scheduled to host regional games in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in the next two years.
A similar religious rights measure is pending in Georgia, where corporations and even the NFL have said they'll avoid doing business in the state if it becomes law.
The North Carolina bill also doesn't include disabled people among the groups protected from discrimination, but Bishop said other state statutes already protect them.
Rep. , D-Wake, tried to amend the bill so it included gays and lesbians among the protected groups, as well as veterans, but the Republican majority voted to table that suggestion.
The Senate Judiciary II Committee likewise tabled an attempt Wednesday evening by Sen. , D-Buncombe, to add gender identity to the bill for protections against discrimination.