Architect of NC House Bill 2 sits down with WBTV

Published: Mar. 30, 2016 at 9:26 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2016 at 9:26 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - With the list of corporations growing that are now taking aim at North Carolina House Bill 2, WBTV sat down with one of the architects of what has now become a controversial piece of legislation.

Last week, State Representative Dan Bishop introduced the measure in Raleigh to repeal Charlotte's non-discrimination ordinance, commonly called the "bathroom bill."

DOCUMENT: Click here to read the full bill

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.

Bishop said he takes issue with how the business climate has dramatically changed since the bill's signing.

"North Carolina is right at the top of every site selection list," Bishop said.

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Despite what critics call an anti-LGBT law, Bishop isn't expecting a shift in the climate of commerce.

"I think for businesses that would come out and make adverse decisions about participating in North Carolina, they're gonna hurt themselves," the representative said.

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts continues to take the bill to task.

"Charlotte stands behind equality and inclusion," She said.

Roberts made those remarks as she hosted members of the Human Rights Campaign, American Civil Liberties Union and Equality North Carolina at the Government Center at a press conference Wednesday morning. The groups have been vocal about their opposition to House Bill 2.

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Chad Griffin of the HRC says the legislation must be revisited.

"Yesterday we released the letter where we had nearly 90 corporate CEO's from all sectors - Fortune 100, Fortune 500 companies - sending the letter," Griffin said. "We've requested a meeting with the governor tomorrow, where we plan to drop off the letter."

Meanwhile, Bishop shrugs off the notion that businesses will start turning away from the Tar Heel state.

"I think the more they know, if they give it a fair look, there's little reason to be concerned," Bishop said.


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