It is so refreshing to hear some good news! North Carolina’s relatively new Governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, is showing he is not a fan of discrimination and that he believes protection laws for the LGBTQ community are necessary. In repealing and replacing HB2 he has also promised that he will bring in an Executive Order to make sure LGBTQ people are protected properly.
While Obama’s bathroom protection for the trans community has been repealed by the new Republican Government federally, progressive Governor Cooper has restored faith to many in the LGBTQ community with these comments:
“My goal is statewide LGBT protections in North Carolina, and I’m going to keep fighting every day until I get to that point, … It would have been politically and probably emotionally easier for me to keep pounding the table and not accept a compromise but I knew it wasn’t right.”
His stance has brought criticism from all sides of politics, with both LGBTQ groups and conservatives not liking his compromise. To those concerned, he has since attempted to reassure with this:
“I said when we repealed HB2 and initiated the compromise, we needed to take additional steps to make sure we protect LGBT resident. We’re working on an executive order that will help further those goals.”
In the press conference Cooper made these comments about the repeal of the existing bill:
“We are a welcoming state, House Bill two was not. Our people are welcoming, House Bill two was not. But today our laws are catching up with our people…. It’s about working to end discrimination.”
It is heart-warming to hear these words. We are living in crazy times and while Washington Republicans are set on sending us back to the Dark Ages, it is a relief to hear there are some people in power, who have their hearts in the right place.
Discrimination has no place in modern society. All citizens deserve equal respect and opportunity. We look forward to reading the Executive Order he has promised.
Watch Cooper addressing a press conference on the matter here:
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