North Carolina governor Pat McCrory fires back at NBA decision over All-Star Game – USA TODAY
The NBA plans to announce the relocation of the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte in response to the state’s anti-LGBT legislation.
North Carolina governor Pat McCrory, who signed the discriminatory House Bill 2,Â continues to stand by the controversialÂ lawÂ that reversed a Charlotte ordinance extending rights to members of the LGBT community.
The NBA’s decision to relocate the All-Star Weekend on ThursdayÂ â which will cost the state an estimated $100 millionÂ â left McCrory fuming.
âThe sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present,” McCrory said in a statement.
“Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances. Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children. American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process.â
The law, which was passed by the stateâs general assembly during a special session in March, bans local municipalities from enacting non-discriminatory ordinances designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.Â The stateâs general assembly had a chance at revising the bill before adjourning for the year but did not add any changes that appeased the NBA.
More than 200 major CEOs and business leaders signed an open letter calling for full repeal of HB2 âÂ including many of North Carolinaâs largest employers.Â LGBT advocacy groups were extremely critical of McCrory,Â whoÂ drew major backlash on social mediaÂ as well.
Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, said in a statement:Â “North Carolina General Assembly leadership and Governor McCrory repeatedly ignored the warning bells as businesses, conferences and entertainers left the state. From the beginning, NBA leadership has been clear that HB2 creates an untenable situation and jeopardizes the safety and comfort of their fans. WeÂ hope that North Carolina’s leadership will heed this wakeup call and repeal HB2 before we suffer even more as a state.”
Human Rights CampaignÂ president Chad Griffin also called for a full repeal of HB2 and added, “McCroryÂ doubled down on HB2 and refused to undo their discriminatory and costly error in judgment. Every day that HB2 remains on the books, people across North Carolina are at risk of real harm.”
Progress NC Action executive director GerrickÂ Brenner said the relocation was “further evidence that HB2 is an economic disaster for North Carolina.”
“Over $100 million in economic activity is leaving our state because of Gov. McCrory’s discriminatory law, on top of the hundreds of jobs and millions in tourism dollars that our state has already lost over HB2. But instead of admitting his mistake, the governor is busy raiding our disaster relief fundÂ to defend this man-made disaster of a law in court. Itâs time for Gov. McCrory to accept reality and call for a full repeal of HB2 before any more damage is done to our economy.â
On Wednesday, in response to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewsi calling HB2 “embarrassing,” McCrory’s communications director, Josh Ellis, provided USA TODAY Sports with the following statement:Â âTwenty-two states, including North Carolina, are embarrassed the Obama administration is forcing a mandate that requires one gender to share locker room and shower facilities with the opposite gender in our middle school, high schools and universities as opposed to allowing each school to make reasonable accommodations for unique circumstances. The courts will now resolve this issue.â