North Carolina Attorney General Refuses To Defend Anti-LGBT Law In Court

Calling the law “unconstitutional,” “shameful,” and “a national embarrassment,” North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says he will not defend in court a new state law that promotes discrimination and bigotry against the LGBT population.

Attorney General Cooper, a Democrat, made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday, calling the law “unconstitutional,” “shameful,” and “a national embarrassment.”

The anti-LGBT measure was introduced, passed and signed into law during a secretive one-day special session last week.

Cooper says his office will not defend the constitutionality of House Bill 2 in court, and is calling for the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal House Bill 2 and “heal North Carolina’s national reputation.”

Cooper said:

Not only is this new law a national embarrassment, it will set North Carolina’s economy back if we don’t’ repeal it. We know that businesses here and all over the country have taken a strong stance in opposition to this law.

Cooper added:

This new law provides for broad-based discrimination. Obviously, the LGBT community is targeted.

After the statement, Senate leader Phil Berger, a Republican, immediately called on Cooper to resign.

On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio both issued bans on nonessential government travel to North Carolina to protest the measure.

The Republican-dominated legislature and Governor Pat McCrory have come under fire from major corporations and the White House for the measure, which prohibits local governments from enacting anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Human Rights Campaign reports the new law has been subject to a wave of opposition from leading corporations, including Dow, Biogen, PayPal, RedHat, the NCAA, American Airlines, Salesforce, IBM, Apple, the NBA, Google, Microsoft,Marriott, Bayer, and others.

Also of note, Attorney General Cooper is challenging Republican Governor Pat McCrory in his reelection bid next November.

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