In Step Forward for Transgender Rights, NC Governor Loses Reelection Bid
December 5, 2016

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Anti-LGBT law HB 2 played lead role in gubernatorial race that saw Pat McCrory booted from office, while MA voters will face similar question in 2018

RALEIGH — An official recount of the North Carolina gubernatorial race has confirmed that Governor-elect Roy Cooper has defeated Pat McCrory by more than 10,000 votes, with McCrory finally conceding today. McCrory’s defeat comes following his full-throttled defense of HB 2, a discriminatory anti-LGBT law that made North Carolina the first state in the country to ban transgender people from using public restrooms. HB 2 has cost North Carolina about a billion dollars in lost revenue, as well as countless jobs, since it was hurriedly enacted into law earlier this year.

McCrory continued to support the law even as major corporations including PayPal and Deutsche Bank – which also have a presence in Massachusetts – canceled planned expansions into North Carolina, and athletic organizations including the NBA, NCAA and ACC pulled high-profile sporting events from the state. North Carolina’s incoming governor, Roy Cooper, has spoken out against the discriminatory law since the day it passed and has vowed to make the repeal of HB 2 a top priority. Cooper will take office on January 7, 2017.
“Voters across the country are paying attention to the economic and social consequences of discriminatory laws that harm LGBT people,” said Kasey Suffredini and Mason Dunn, co-chairs of Freedom Massachusetts, the successful bipartisan campaign to update Massachusetts’ nondiscrimination law this year to include transgender people. “HB 2 caused real damage not only to transgender North Carolinians but also to North Carolina’s reputation and economy. In stark contrast, Massachusetts voters sent a clear message on Election Day that that they are on the side of fairness and inclusion for all people by overwhelmingly reelecting legislators who endorsed the transgender protections law passed earlier this year. When presented with the question of whether to continue to treat transgender people as equal members of the Commonwealth in 2018, Massachusetts voters will will vote yes.”
Every legislator in Massachusetts who had voted in favor of the transgender law — which updates Massachusetts’ nondiscrimination law to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in public places — retained their seat in this election, including legislative leadership, key sponsors of the bill, and Republicans. The office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth confirmed in October that opponents of the transgender protections law collected the required signatures – less than half of one percent of the Massachusetts population — to put the law on the 2018 ballot.

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