Gov. Pat McCrory met with tough questions on “Meet the Press”

Casey McAnarney , News Editor

Gov. Pat McCrory went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last Sunday to defend North Carolina’s law on LGBT rights, and said the issue over the bill warrants more dialogue instead of vexed rhetoric.

The new law, titled House Bill 2, institutes a policy of nondiscrimination in the workplace. However, the bill excludes nondiscrimination against gender identity and sexual orientation.

HB 2 is mostly a reaction by the N.C. legislature towards a law in Charlotte allowing citizens to use the bathroom of whichever sex they personally identify with versus the physical sex identified on their birth certificate.

“The city of Charlotte passed a bathroom ordinance mandate on every private sector employer in Charlotte, North Carolina: one of the largest, 15th, 16th-largest cities in the United States of America. And I think that’s government-overreach. It’s not government’s business to tell the private sector what their bathroom, locker room or shower practices should be,” said McCrory.

The governor said it was not the right of municipal governments to impose rules such as this on private businesses, and said the issue was something that needed to be addressed without impassioned language.

“We have to have more dialogue, not threats,” said McCrory.

On the NBC show, host Chuck Todd questioned the governor on if the bill needs more discussion on why was it rushed through the General Assembly in one day.

“You guys debated for, like, 10 seconds,” said Todd about how hastily the governor pushed the bill through the General Assembly.

McCrory cited the Charlotte ordinance as reason for passing the bill so quickly, but Todd then brought up the point that in Houston, a similar ordinance was overturned by the local government rather than by the state.

Todd then asked if the state overstepped their boundaries with HB 2, which went further than just preventing the choice when it came to bathroom use. Todd cited how the bill prevents an employee from seeking a discrimination suit in court and bars local governments from setting their own minimum wage.

Last week, the governor did issue an executive order that would fix the issue over discrimination suits, however that does not make it final since the final decision to revise is up to the General Assembly.

On top of the issue of how hastily the bill was passed, others have compared the rhetoric McCrory used to that of politicians during the Civil Rights era.

For instance, when asked how his argument differed from the logic used by politicians in the 1960s, the governor dodged the question and affirmed that he did not know of any businesses that carried out discriminatory practices against the LGBT community.

However, despite his repeated assurances that discrimination will not occur under this bill, even now after slight revision of the bill, that still does not account for the questions he could not answer and the fact that over 160 companies have called upon the governor to repeal the law.