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Some major powerhouses in the business world recently submitted a letter denouncing the legislation known as HB 2. BernieSez.com was not asked to sign on with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, etc., but if we had been asked, we’d be at the top of the list of HB 2 opponents. Governor Pat McCrory is plain WRONG! H B2 is RETROGRADE and antithetical to the progressive, forward-thinking North Carolina that BernieSez.com and its partners call home. SHAME ON YOU PAT MCCRORY!

Click NC_CEO_Letter_3 for the full letter, the contents of which are also displayed below.

March 29, 2016

Office of the Governor 116 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27603

Dear Governor McCrory,

We write with concerns about legislation you signed into law this week, House Bill 2, which has overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination across North Carolina.

Put simply, HB 2 is not a bill that reflects the values of our companies, of our country, or even the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians.

 We are disappointed in your decision to sign this discriminatory legislation into law. The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business. This is not a direction in which states move when they are seeking to provide successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development. We believe that HB 2 will make it far more challenging for businesses across the state to recruit and retain the nation’s best and brightest workers and attract the most talented students from across the country. It will also diminish the state’s draw as a destination for tourism, new businesses, and economic activity.

 Discrimination is wrong, and we believe it has no place in North Carolina or anywhere in our country. As companies that pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming to all, we strongly urge you and the leadership of North Carolina’s legislature to repeal this law in the upcoming legislative session.

 

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