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North Carolina governor backpedals on state's new anti-LGBT law

After a two-week storm of cancelled conventions and threatened boycotts, Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina began back-pedaling on the state’s new law that limits protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people. From the Associated Press:

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he wants lawmakers to restore the right to sue over discrimination in state court, but he's not challenging a new law on gender-specific bathroom access.

McCrory announced an executive order Tuesday in response to a wide-ranging bill he signed last month affecting the rights of lesbian, gay and transgender people.

His statement said that his order will maintain gender-specific restroom and locker room access in government buildings and schools.

He once again condemned a Charlotte ordinance passed earlier this year that allowed transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity.

The order would expand the state equal employment policy to include sexual orientation and gender.

He also says he will ask lawmakers to file legislation that allows people to sue in state court over discrimination — which had been wiped out by the law.

McCrory posted details of Executive Order 93 on his website, but also announced his reasoning behind the shift on YouTube:


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