The days of anti-LGBT law HB 2 may be numbered.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R) conceded to Roy Cooper (D) on Dec. 5, 2016.
McCrory signed the discriminatory and anti-LGBT House Bill 2 (HB2) into law this past March which caused a lot of controversy.
The law bans transgender people from using the restroom of which they most identify and restricts LGBT people from pursuing lawsuits based on discrimination.
Corporations and celebrities were not happy with the legislation and quickly boycotted North Carolina by rejecting the state for business ventures or high-profile entertainment acts, including professional sports.
It is estimated that HB 2 has so far cost the state $600 million dollars because of the backlash.
McCrory’s opponent Roy Cooper is an advocate for its repeal, making it the heart of his campaign.
Equality North Carolina’s Executive Director Chris Sgro released this statement upon hearing the news:
“Our work is not over. There is much to be done in order to support Roy Cooper's efforts to repeal HB2 and create statewide anti-discrimination protections.
And there will be much to be done in order to elect a pro-equality legislature during the 2017 special elections.
So please, take a moment to celebrate this historic victory and to congratulate Governor-Elect Roy Cooper.
And please, help us carry this momentum forward to 2017 and beyond.”
Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida also weighed in on the victory:
“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
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.