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UPDATE: Corporate Advocacy for the Charlotte “Bathroom Bill”

Last month, 2nd Vote released a list of major corporations supporting Charlotte’s “Bathroom Bill”, a measure passed by the Charlotte, North Carolina City Council that would create a special class of protections under the city’s non-discrimination ordinances and include the terms “sexual orientation”, “gender identity”, and “gender expression”. Opponents of the ordinance saw that the law would create loopholes that could be exploited by individuals desiring access to bathrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-specific facilities used by the opposite gender.

On March 23rd, North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory signed bipartisan legislation on March 23rd to ensure common sense protections for businesses seeking “to protect their patrons’ safety and security or operate their businesses consistent with their core convictions“.

Now, Governor McCrory and the North Carolina legislature are facing a well-organized attack from corporations aligned with liberal LGBT advocacy groups that are pushing an agenda to erode basic 1st Amendment freedoms. The advocacy group Equality NC released a letter signed by 90 business leaders that spreads misinformation about North Carolina’s HB 2 in its efforts to push this agenda. Below is a list of the companies represented in that letter:

 15Five  Marriott International
 Affirm  Matrix Partners
 Airbnb  McKinney
 Alleycorp  Microsoft
 American Airlines  Miramax
 American Society of Association Executives  Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
 Apple  MongoDB
 BackOps  Nextdoor
 Bank of America  NextLesson
 Biogen  Nomad Health
 Blab  Orbitz.com & CheapTickets.com
 Box  PayPal
 BoxGroup  Pepo
 Braeburn Pharmaceuticals  Pfizer Inc.
 Braintree  Pinterest
 Brocade Communications Systems Inc.  Power Curbers Inc.
 Chegg  Quip
 Cisco Systems  Quotient Technology Inc.
 CompTIA  Replacements, Ltd.
 Computer & Communications Industry Assoc.  Salesforce
 Consumer Technology Assoc.  Seventh Generation
 DNAnexus  Software & Information Industry Assoc.
 Dropbox  Spark Capital
 Emerson Collective  Square and Twitter
 Engine  StyleSeat
 Facebook  SV Angel
 Gilt  Symantec Corporation
 Glassdoor  The Pramana Collective
 Gogobot  The Redwood Groups
 Google  The Weinstein Company
 Google Ventures  ThirdLove
 Grokker  Thrive Capital
 IBM Corporation  Tumblr
 IMRE  Uber
 Intel  Workplace Options
 Jawbone  Y Combinator
 Levi Strauss & Co.  Yahoo
 Liftopia  Yelp
 LinkedIn  YouTube
 Lyft  Zestfinance
 Lyra Health  Zola
 Marine Layer  Zynga

For more on the organization fighting for 1st Amendment protections in North Carolina, go to KeepNCSafe.org.

Stay tuned for more as 2nd Vote will continue to monitor the situation in North Carolina. More companies like the National Basketball Association have also indicated that they will attempt erode North Carolina’s common sense legislation.