North Carolina governor issues executive order on LGBT protections

After weeks of boycotts and backlash, the governor of North Carolina has issued an executive order “clarifying” aspects of controversial HB2, which requires transgender people to use restrooms that align with their birth gender, rather than the current gender with which they identify, and prohibits municipalities from establishing protections for their LGBT citizens.

According to Gov. McCrory’s website, here’s what the executive order does:

  • Maintains common sense gender-specific restroom and locker room facilities in government buildings and schools
  • Affirms the private sector’s right to establish its own restroom and locker room policies
  • Affirms the private sector and local governments’ right to establish non-discrimination employment policies for its own employees
  • Expands the state’s employment policy for state employees to cover sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Seeks legislation to reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination

Here’s McCrory’s video statement on the executive order:

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