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NC Religious Freedom Law May Deter Some From The State

| by Jimmy King
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North Carolina’s new "religious freedom" law is reportedly making some reconsider moving to the state.  The controversy comes following a March 24 bill requiring transgender people to use bathrooms according to their biological sex.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina signed the bill that also bans cities in North Carolina from establishing local policy for transgender bathroom use, reports CBS News.

The bill’s supporters called its passage “common sense."

“Biological men should not be in women’s showers, locker rooms and bathrooms,” said Republican State Rep. Dean Arp of North Carolina. 

Opponents of the law say it is an affront to transgender rights.

“McCrory’s reckless decision to sign this appalling legislation into law is a direct attack on the rights, well-being and dignity of hundreds of thousands of LGBT North Carolinians and visitors to the state,” said Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign. 

Mitchell Gold, a North Carolina business owner, is concerned that the law will deter potential employees and customers from coming to the state, reports NPR.

“I think what is disturbing is when we are trying to recruit people to our home office in western North Carolina, I do sometimes get people say to me, 'Well, I don’t know if I want to move to North Carolina,'” Gold said in an interview with NPR.

“And this makes it more difficult, not less difficult, to hire the very best talent.”

Gold says that he won’t be leaving his home state, despite the new law.

“No, because I can’t tell you how many people in my community have kids that are now 20, 30, 40 years old that have said to me if it wasn’t for us in the community shining a light and saying that you can be gay, you can be successful and healthy, that you’re not broken, how many kids that has affected,” said Gold. 

“So I don’t want to abandon my community. I’m not- we’re not abandoning ship, if you will.”

Even if Gold remains in the state, others may not, says Attorney General of North Carolina Roy Cooper.

“We know that businesses here and all over the country have taken a strong stance in opposition to this law,” said Cooper.  

Sources: CBS News, (2), NPR / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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