To say that things haven’t gone well for the state of North Carolina following Governor Pat McCrory’s passage of House Bill 2, a highly discriminatory anti-LGBT law, would be an understatement. Not only has it cost the state jobs, but many big-name events have been cancelled ranging from concerts to the NBA moving their annual All-Star Game out of Charlotte. The NCAA and ACC even removed championship games from the state in response to this law. Every time one of these events is cancelled, or not scheduled at all, that means the state is losing out on millions upon millions of dollars in revenue, most of which would benefit local businesses.
The logical and decent thing to do would obviously be for the governor to call a special session aimed at repealing House Bill 2, a law that’s clearly hurting the state all because some people feel they have the right to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.
Well, Governor McCrory has said he’s willing to call a special session to repeal the law — just as long as the Charlotte City Council repeals an ordinance it passed (which is what triggered the passage of this law) that offered protections for members of the LGBT community from discrimination.
As reported by Talking Points Memo:
McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis said in a statement that the governor would call a special session if two requisites are met: Charlotte must move first to repeal its expanded protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people; and secondly, a majority of lawmakers must be in favor of repeal.
“If the Charlotte City Council totally repeals the ordinance and then we can confirm there is support to repeal among the majority of state lawmakers in the House and Senate, the governor will call a special session,” Ellis said.
This is a new low even for Governor McCrory — which is saying something considering the type of person he is.
Basically what he’s trying to do is make himself and his state look better by repealing a law that’s clearly hurting his political career and his state, but only if a city removes a law meant to protect the LGBT community from the very same types of discrimination House Bill 2 allows.
This is nothing more than Governor McCrory attempting to save his own ass by trying to get the national headline “North Carolina Governor Repeals Controversial Anti-LGBT Law,” because he knows most people wouldn’t find out about the facts on why he agreed to do so.
Leave it to a Republican to try to make himself look better by saying he’s open to repealing a highly discriminatory law against LGBT Americans — just as long as a law meant to protect LGBT Americans from discrimination is repealed.
Whenever you think Republicans can’t stoop any lower, you really just have to give them time, because they’re always eager to prove everyone wrong.