Equality Florida's Response to NC Governor McCrory's Defeat
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has finally conceded defeat. McCrory, who created the discriminatory HB 2 that has cost North Carolina $600 million and counting when corporations, jobs, conferences, and sporting events pulled out of the state, has officially been rejected by North Carolina voters. His opponent Roy Cooper made dismantling the anti-LGBTQ law a centerpiece of his campaign.
“North Carolina rejected a Governor who embraced discrimination and put the state's economy in jeopardy. The majority in North Carolina, here in Florida, and across the country oppose discrimination against the LGBTQ community,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida. “Not only should Florida avoid making the same discriminatory and costly mistake that North Carolina made, this is a moment for lawmakers to enact strong statewide nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community."
Currently 56% of Floridians live in places with LGBTQ-inclusive local non-discrimination protections but no statewide law exists.