The Breathtaking Cynicism–And Greed–of North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law

If you haven’t heard by now, North Carolina passed a horrific law, overriding the ability of local governments to pass LGBT protection laws–with an emphasis on the “T”. Note the part I’ve emphasized:

HB 2, which passed in a special session, would set a statewide anti-discrimination policy, banning employers and businesses from discriminating against employees or customers based on their race, color, country of origin, religion, age or “biological sex.” The bill offers no protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and prevents local governments from passing any nondiscrimination policy that goes beyond the statewide standard.

The bill also pre-empts local employment ordinances governing wages, benefits, employee protections and leave policies. It would prevent schools from allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

The law also prohibits local ordinances regarding child labor.

Basically, assholes like businessman Art Pope used anti-LGBT bigotry to pass anti-worker legislation without a lot of people noticing (or caring–some people value their bigotry more than their welfare).

Despite the Republican crackup at the national level, the vile alliance between the theocrat and the corporation is alive and well in North Carolina’s GOP. This is the evil version of solidarity.

As always, follow the money.

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