North Carolina Gov won’t repeal HB2, is against federal discrimination protections

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has said he will not repeal HB2, the recently passed anti-LGBT legislation.

McCrory has also said he is against federal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people in America.

Speaking to Chuck Todd on NBC, McCrory said he would not repeal HB2, despite Todd saying the network estimated that it had already cost the state millions of dollars.

He went further to say he did not think there was discrimination against any LGBT people because he did not know of any.

The comments were condemned by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

“Today, a nation watched as Gov. McCrory invoked an outdated and retrograde argument to defend his decision to write discrimination into state law and deny equal treatment under the law for LGBT people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.

“Pat McCrory can’t have it both ways and say he doesn’t want the government to tell the private sector what to do while he also sticks his head in the sand and ignores more than 160 businesses who have clearly said they want HB 2 repealed.”

The NBA on Friday suggested it would keep its 2017 All Star game in Charlotte, despite calls to move it as a boycott of the state over the law, and saying that the organisation was “deeply concerned” about its impact on the event.

The league had previously hinted that it might move the game out of Charlotte, but has now said it would prefer to keep a “presence” in the state.

Hundreds of business leaders have urged the repeal of North Carolina’s HB2, and multiple celebrities have pulled out of appearances, including Ringo Starr and, Bruce Springsteen.

Springsteen was even accused of using “bully tactics” for cancelling the concert by one of the state’s Representatives.

But dozens of celebrities and hundreds of fans came to the defence of Springsteen, commending him for taking a stand.

Others such as Mumford and Sons and Cyndi Lauper have said they will appear but that they will donate their profits to LGBT rights organisations.

Mississippi also faces similar threats as Bryan Adams and Sharon Stone have pulled out of appearances there.