North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has reportedly allowed a bill to become law which shifts money from the state’s disaster relief fund to the legal defense of the state’s notorious anti-LGBT law, HB2.
The controversial HB2 has invited tons of criticism from politicians, big businesses as well as celebrities since its proposal.
HB2 not only bans transgender people from using public bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, it also excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from state anti-discrimination laws.
As reported previously, the discriminatory legislation has cost the state legal bills of over $176,000 (€160,000).
Now, McCrory has reportedly allowed a bill which enables moving of disaster aid into HB2’s legal defense fund to become law — even without his signature.
According to The News & Observer, the bill was ‘part of the annual “technical corrections” legislation cleaning up budget-related matters.’
Among the dozens of provisions in the 12-page bill, one provision ‘moved $500,000 from the state’s Emergency Response and Disaster Relief Fund for the current fiscal year into a fund controlled by the governor to be used for costs arising from litigation over HB2.’
When questioned why McCrory didn’t sign the bill, the governor’s spokesman Josh Ellis said, ‘The governor would have preferred that the money come from the Attorney General’s budget since that’s who is refusing to do his job.’
McCrory and other Republican leaders oppose the repeal of HB2 even after they were strongly urged as they believe it’s necessary for the protection and safety of women and children in public bathrooms.
Yet, statistics have shown that there have been more Republican legislators arrested for sexual misconduct in public bathrooms than transgender people.
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