NC governor’s race could be last hope for LGBTQ folks during 2016 election
As vote counts continue to roll in, North Carolina’s conservative, HB2 supporting Governor Pat McCrory is looking less likely to keep his seat to his Democratic rival.
Aa of this morning, with 100% precincts reporting, current NC Attorney General Roy Cooper is ahead of his incumbent rival by less than 5,000 votes.
Cooper has long opposed NC’s controversial HB2 which forces transgender people into the wrong restroom and denies localities the right to protect LGBTQ employees.
“We have won this race,” Cooper said to a room full of supporters last night according to NC’s ABC11.
However McCrory suggested there were “thousands” of provisional ballets yet to be counted and they could swing the race his way. “The democratic process is going to proceed in North Carolina for a while,” he said.
Provisional ballets will be screened and canvassed until Nov. 18th at which point, if either candidate is leading by less than 10,000 votes, a recount will be triggered.
The race has been seen as a litmus test for LGBTQ laws in the South and anti-transgender laws in specific. McCrory and NC’s GOP dominated legislator passed HB2 in a hurried, single day process towards the end of the their 2016 session.
Since then it has hit the state financially with corporations canceling expansions (including one choosing RVA over Charlotte) in the area and sports organizations pulling events until the law is changed.
The ACLU has also filed a lawsuit over the bill on behalf of a transgender UNC employee. The case has been held up as Gloucester Virginia’s own Gavin Grimm heads to the Supreme Court over his right to use school facilities aligned with his gender identity.
McCrory has stood fast on the bill saying it protects NC’s women and children though there has been little evidence to back up the claim.
Meanwhile, Cooper publicly opposed the bill saying it writes discrimination into the state’s law book.
“Governor McCrory continues to go across this state telling people this is not hurting our economy, he attacks business that are opposed to it, and says that everything is going fine,” he said during a Gubernatorial debate held ahead of the election. “Governor, what planet are you on?”
Polls had shown the bill to be overwhelmingly unpopular, but they also showed Trump losing. Trumps ability to appoint a Supreme Court Justice could end up being a deciding factor in the future of Grimm and HB2.
“Moderate” GOP Gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie thinks Virginia needs an HB2-style bathroom bill
The Amherst County GOP Dinner this past weekend played host to the state’s three GOP gubernatorial candidates and while scientifically inaccurate answers could be expected from the two trailing candidates, the leading “moderate,” Ed Gillespie, shared a similarly base-less scare tactic against the trans community. “This isn’t about bathrooms alone,” Gillespie (top image) said in [...]April 3, 2017
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