Last week, Justin Danhof, a lawyer for the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, attended the annual Red Hat shareholders meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina.
According to the Charlotte News & Observer, Danhof questioned the leadership of the multinational software company on the decision to sign an amicus brief in support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against North Carolina’s HB-2.
Danhof explained, “The largest takeaway of why we’re doing this is that the public narrative about H.B. 2 has really been wrongly focused, in our opinion. All you hear about is North Carolina and bathrooms, North Carolina and bathrooms. It’s about a much bigger issue than that.”
Red Hat joined 67 other companies in signing the amicus brief that was organized by the liberal Human Rights Campaign in July. The complete list of all the companies such as Apple, PayPal, and Nike that signed the brief is available below.
HB-2 was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in response to the Charlotte ‘bathroom bill’ out of concerns for safety and religious liberty protections for small business owners.
The Charlotte News & Observer reports that Red Hat reaffirmed its position opposing HB-2 at last week’s meeting.
For more on companies that have stood against HB-2 and religious liberty protections in North Carolina, see our post on the business coalition that signed a letter organized by EqualityNC, a liberal LGBT advocacy organization. Also, see more on how PayPal is a leading company in the misinformation campaign against HB-2’s common-sense reforms here.
Companies that signed HRC’s amicus brief in support of the Justice Department’s lawsuit against HB-2.
Boehinger Ingleheim USA
Brocade Communications System, Inc.
Capital One Financial Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Consumer Technology Association
General Electric Company
IKEA North American Services, LLC
Levi Strauss & Co.
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
SV Angel LLC
TD Bank NA
The Dow Chemical Company
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.