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:
|American Society of Association Executives||Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams|
|Bank of America||NextLesson|
|Blab||Orbitz.com & CheapTickets.com|
|Braeburn Pharmaceuticals||Pfizer Inc.|
|Brocade Communications Systems Inc.||Power Curbers Inc.|
|Cisco Systems||Quotient Technology Inc.|
|Computer & Communications Industry Assoc.||Salesforce|
|Consumer Technology Assoc.||Seventh Generation|
|DNAnexus||Software & Information Industry Assoc.|
|Emerson Collective||Square and Twitter|
|Glassdoor||The Pramana Collective|
|Gogobot||The Redwood Groups|
|The Weinstein Company|
|Levi Strauss & Co.||Yahoo|
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.