McCrory Refuses to Pledge to Veto 'License to Discriminate' Bill

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Yesterday, Equality NC delivered 10,000 petition signatures to Governor McCrory urging him to pledge to veto the so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" that would permit business owners to deny service to members of the LGBT community. While McCrory said he wasn't sure there was a need for the bill, he refused to pledge to veto the bill, which companies like IBM and RedHat have publicly opposed. 

From the Charlotte Observer article,

Gov. Pat McCrory Monday reiterated his concerns over controversial religious freedom legislation, even as opponents of the measures delivered petitions to his Charlotte and Raleigh offices.

McCrory again stopped short of saying he would veto the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act bills, which Equality NC and the ACLU urged him to do.

“I’m not even sure it will get to my desk, so why comment?” the governor said after an appearance at UNC Charlotte. “I need the process to work to see if it will even get to my desk.”

McCrory repeated that he’s on record questioning the need for such bills.


“What is the problem they’re trying to solve?” McCrory said last month on Charlotte’s WFAE. “I haven’t seen it up to this point in time.”

Critics said the bills filed last month would provide legal cover for businesses and individuals who discriminate against gays and lesbians. Supporters say North Carolina needs a law to protect people as they exercise the religious liberty guaranteed in the First Amendment.

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