NC Governor Issues Executive Order After Porn Company Denies Service To State

In a failed attempt at damage control, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issues a meaningless executive order concerning the state’s new anti-LGBT law.

A day after porn giant xHamster refused service to anyone with a North Carolina IP address to protest the state’s new anti-LGBT law, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued an executive order meant to appease his critics.

However, the new executive order is simply a diversionary tactic, and a cynical political ploy that fails to address the odious nature of the anti-LGBT law, and simply reaffirms McCrory’s Conservative Christian, anti-gay bigotry.

Currently, North Carolina’s unfair and unjust new law bans transgender people from accessing public facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity, eliminates all existing LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances in the state, and prohibits cities from adopting any new ones.

The new law has received a great deal of negative attention as celebrities as diverse as Charles Barkley and Bruce Springsteen have come out to denounce the draconian legislation.

Perhaps the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back was the fact that Porn giant xHamster is now refusing service to anyone with a North Carolina IP address to protest the state’s new anti-LGBT law.

Or maybe it is the fact that numerous businesses have abandoned plans to expand in North Carolina and countless others have abandoned their travel to the state.

Or maybe it is the fact that the Raleigh Visitors Bureau warned that the local economy could lose out on $24 million in economic benefits if the law is not repealed.

Or maybe it is the fact that Deutsche Bank is freezing plans for North Carolina jobs over the new anti-LGBT law.

Whatever the case, McCrory said that his new executive order would “affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality,” while claiming that there is “a great deal of misinformation, misinterpretation, confusion, a lot of passion and frankly, selective outrage and hypocrisy, especially against the great state of North Carolina.”

Note: the only hypocrisy is coming from small government, Conservative Christians who want to monitor the bathroom habits of citizens while denying basic rights to the LGBT population. As for the outrage and passion, that is the appropriate response from good people when faced with bigotry and discrimination.

In a press release issued Tuesday, McCrory announced he’d signed the executive order which he claims does the following:

  • 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

However, HuffPost reports the only real change is the expansion of the state employment policies. Beyond that, McCrory simply reaffirms the discriminatory provisions in the new law.

Indeed, the executive order does nothing to change the draconian rules for bathroom use, or reinstate cities’ right for LGBT nondiscrimination laws; instead, the executive order simply reasserts the state sponsored bigotry.

Roy Cooper, the North Carolina attorney general, criticized McCrory’s order as being a half-measure that left discrimination intact. In a statement, Cooper, a Democrat, and McCrory’s gubernatorial opponent this fall, said:

Governor McCrory’s executive order is a day late and a veto short. The sweeping discrimination law he signed has already cost North Carolina hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue. I’m glad Governor McCrory has finally acknowledged the great damage his legislation has done, but he needs to do much more.

Sarah Preston, the acting executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, said in a statement McCrory’s executive order is not enough:

Gov. McCrory’s actions today are a poor effort to save face after his sweeping attacks on the LGBT community, and they fall far short of correcting the damage done when he signed the harmful House Bill 2 into law which stigmatizes and mandates discrimination against gay and transgender people. With this executive order, LGBT individuals still lack legal protections from discrimination, and transgender people are still explicitly targeted by being forced to use the wrong restroom.

Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, said McCrory’s order “really doesn’t do much of anything.” In an  interview Tuesday Warbelow said:

I think the governor has misunderstood what the opposition to this bill was all about. He doesn’t seem to understand that businesses, performers…are deeply concerned about the discrimination against transgender people, that they’re deeply concerned that if they are asking their employees to move to this state, that it puts either the employee or the employee’s family in a really tenuous situation.

Bottom line: Governor McCrory’s attempt at damage control has failed. Religious superstition will never justify bigotry and discrimination. Even a porn company like xHamster has a better moral compass than Governor McCrory and the Conservative Christians who support him.

Watch Governor McCrory’s statement below –

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