CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - The chief executives running dozens of big technology, biotech and financial companies are urging North Carolina officials to repeal a new state law preventing local governments from expanding protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The letter released Tuesday by gay rights advocates is signed by corporate chieftains including IBM CEO Virginia Rometty, Apple head Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.
On Thursday morning, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin and Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro will deliver the letter personally to Governor McCrory's office. Griffin and Sgro have also requested a meeting with the governor on Thursday in order to discuss the impact they say the new law will have on LGBT North Carolinians.
"Discrimination is bad for North Carolina, bad for America, and bad for business," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "These business leaders are speaking out because they know this attack on lesbian, gay, bisexual and especially transgender North Carolinians isn't just morally wrong -- it also puts their employees, customers and North Carolina's economy at risk. For the sake of all North Carolinians, Governor McCrory and the General Assembly must act now to repeal this heinous attack on fairness and equality."
The letter urges Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders to repeal the law introduced and passed in a one-day special legislative session last week. The General Assembly meets again next month.
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The law requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that match their birth certificates. The law also makes clear local measures can't expand anti-discrimination protections for sexual orientation or gender identity.