Target: Roy Cooper, Attorney General of North Carolina
Goal: Thank Roy Cooper for refusing to defend the new North Carolina law that promoted anti-LGBT discrimination.
A law that exposes LGBT people to discrimination will not be defended by the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, according to a recent announcement. According to Roy Cooper, he was freed to act by state agencies asking that his office represent them in defending their own non-discrimination policies against the actions of the North Carolina legislature. Let us celebrate Attorney General Cooper’s stand against the rank injustice of the North Carolina legislature and Governor Pat McCrory.
The legislation that Roy Cooper and his office have refused to defend was forced through the state legislature over the unanimous opposition of democratic state senators and the vast majority of democratic state representatives. The law prevents local governments from acting independently to protect those left exposed to discrimination by state law. It also singles out transgender North Carolinians for discrimination by explicitly banning them from gender appropriate restrooms and changing facilities.
In addition to trampling on the rights of LGBT people, North Carolina’s discriminatory law exposes the state’s economy to significant threats. The News & Observer reports that New York state and four city governments have already banned non-essential government travel to North Carolina in response to its discriminatory law.
Roy Cooper has stood with the LGBT community throughout this most recent struggle for equality in North Carolina. When the legislature convened a special session to endanger the LGBT community, he called on the governor and the legislature to desist. He declared, simply and powerfully: “Discrimination is wrong. Period.” While those first efforts have failed, Roy Cooper still stands for all North Carolinians. Sign your name to thank him for his principled stand. With allies like Roy Cooper, our ultimate victory is certain.
Dear Attorney General Cooper,
Thank you for standing up for all North Carolinians. Thank you for your bravery. Your decision not to defend North Carolina’s discriminatory new law, which precludes local protections for LGBT North Carolinians, is a sign of hope to the rest of the nation. It is in earnest of the good will of the people and the government of your state. It is a reassurance that the forces of dissension have not driven tolerance from your state.
Your stand has not been without personal cost. In direct response to your inspiring announcement, Governor Pat McCrory released a video charging you with deserting the duties of your office and accusing you of sowing discord in North Carolina. We recognize the personal cost of those spurious charges and would like to offer you our own reassurance. As you stand with us, we will stand with you. We will not forget your work to protect all North Carolina’s citizens.
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