North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed an executive order aimed at clarifying the state’s newest law that prohibits localities from enacting rules to allow transgenders freedom of choice with public bathrooms.
The law has caused a firestorm around the nation.
Bruce Springsteen, for example, canceled his scheduled concert in the state; Bryan Adams, Canadian-born rocker, has vowed to do similarly. PayPal dropped plans to build a new office in Charlotte. The NBA threatened to move its 2017 All-Star game to a new location. And New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, outright banned public employee travel to the state – along with city officials in Seattle and San Francisco – because of the new law.
McCrory said such responses are based on faulty understanding of what the law does, and what it doesn’t.
“After listening to people’s feedback for the past several weeks on this issue, I have come to the conclusion that there is a great deal of misinformation, misinterpretation, confusion, a lot of passion and frankly, selective outrage and hypocrisy, especially against the great state of North Carolina,” he said, in a video announcing his executive order posted at Breitbart. “Based upon this feedback, I am taking action to affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality.”
The executive order keeps in place rules that require publicly owned buildings to mandate transgenders use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender at birth, not by choice. It also grants the private sector has the right to set its own bathroom and locker-room policies, and to establish its own non-discrimination employment policies.
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The order then expands the state’s anti-discrimination employment policy to include sexual orientation and gender choice, Breitbart reported.
“The state of North Carolina is now one of 24 states that have protections for sexual orientation and gender identity for its employees,” the governor’s office put out, in a statement.
Tony Perkins, with the Family Research Council, called on McCrory to stand strong in the face of the new law’s controversy.
“While we don’t think Governor McCrory needed to provide additional clarity, his executive order does not change the law he just signed to prevent local governments from forcing people to violate their beliefs about sexuality and expectations of privacy,” he said, in a statement reported by Breitbart. “[But] instead of supporting a common sense approach to bathroom policies, the ACLU and their allies’ objections show they will stop at nothing sort of forcing people to accept their radical agenda. All people deserve human dignity and respect, but that doesn’t mean the government should force people to violate their deeply-held views on sexuality or their expectation of privacy in shared restrooms.”