Since North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a controversial new LGBT bill into law March 23, corporations, government officials, universities and prominent newsmakers have come out staunchly against the measure. And a number of groups and individuals, often conservative or religiously affiliated, have come out in favor.
The new law limits legal protections of LGBT individuals by setting a statewide definition of protected classes of citizens. The new law means schools and local governments cannot adopt more inclusive rules. Legislative leaders said they were responding to Charlotte’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender with which they identify.
More than 100 top executives from major companies, including major Charlotte employers like Bank of America, have signed a letter opposing the “anti-LGBT” legislation. The NBA, set to host its All-Star Game in Charlotte next year, has also said it’s against measure. Some states and cities are banning government-funded travel to North Carolina.
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KeepNCSafe says over 300 businesses have signed a letter supporting the measure, though it has released publicly the names of only 38. Some business owners declined to give their names because of “vocal threats and bullying from the LGBT community,” the organization said.
The N.C. Sheriffs’ Association announced Friday that it has encouraged the legislature to overturn local ordinances that “allow persons of one gender to use the restroom of the other gender.” Sheriffs had expressed “concerns for public safety,” executive vice president Eddie Caldwell said, but the group hasn’t taken a position on other provisions in the LGBT law.
Below is a working list of those who have spoken against and those in favor of the LGBT measure. Others, including McCrory’s former employer, Duke Energy, and his alma mater, Catawba College, haven’t directly opposed new measure but instead emphasize their own nondiscrimination policies. The (Raleigh) News & Observer contributed.
The Dow Chemical Company
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Smiles by Payet Family Dentistry
Barnes and Noble
Sivan Capri Agency
Choice Hotels International
Bank of America
Encore Music Publishers
The PNC Financial Services Group
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
Whole Foods Market
InterContinental Hotels Group
Kimpton Hotels Restaurants
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
Saturday Brand Communications
The Common Market (Charlotte)
Singley + Mackie
Singley Content Studios
Adam Shankman, director and producer
Rob Reiner, director
Wake Forest University
State of New York
State of Vermont
State of Washington
State of Minnesota
State of Connecticut
City of Atlanta
City of San Francisco
City of Boston
City of Seattle
City of West Palm Beach, Fla.
City of Santa Fe, N.M.
American Society of Interior Designers
ACPA-College Student Educators International
NC League of Municipalities
The American Kennel Club
Human Rights Campaign
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
American Society of Association Executives
Computer & Communications Industry Association
Consumer Technology Association
Software & Information Industry Association
Motion Picture Association of America
The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
Alex Dimitrief, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GE
Ric Elias, CEO of Red Ventures
Casey Wasserman, President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation
Steven R. Boal, CEO, Quotient Technology Inc.
Brandee Barker, Cofounder, The Pramana Collective
Michael Birch, Founder, Blab
Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, co-CEOs, Atlassian
Lorna Borenstein, CEO, Grokker
Vice Forlenza, Chairman, CEO and President, BD
Paul T. Dacier, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, EMC Corporation
Brad Brinegar, Chairman and CEO, McKinney
Lloyd Carney, CEO, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Ron Conway, Founder and Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel
Dean Debnam, Chairman and CEO, Workplace Options
David Ebersman, Cofounder and CEO, Lyra Health
Jared Fliesler, General Partner, Matrix Partners
Jason Goldberg, CEO, Pepo
Mike Gregoire, CEO, CA Technologies
Alan King, President and COO, Workplace Options
Kristen Koh Goldstein, CEO, BackOps
Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chair-man, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Paul Graham, Founder, Y Combinator
David Hassell, CEO, 15Five
Dave Imre, Partner and CEO, IMRE
Dev Ittycheria, President &CEO, MongoDB
Laurene Powell Jobs, President, Emerson Collective
Cecily Joseph, VP Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, Symantec Corporation
Joshua Kushner, Managing Partner, Thrive Capital
Max Levchin, CEO, Affirm
Dion Lim, CEO, NextLesson
Shan-lyn Ma, CEO, Zola
Bill Maris, CEO, Google Ventures
Melody McCloskey, CEO, StyleSeat
Douglas Merrill, CEO, Zestfinance
Dyke Messinger, President and CEO, Power Curbers Inc.
Michael Natenshon, CEO, Marine Layer
Alexi G. Nazem, Cofounder and CEO, Nomad Health
Laurie J. Olson, EVP, Strategy, Portfolio and Commercial Operations, Pfizer Inc.
Evan Reece, CEO, Liftopia
Stan Reiss, General Partner, Matrix Partners
John Replogle, CEO, Seventh Generation
Dan Rosensweig, CEO, Chegg
Kevin P. Ryan, Founder and Chairman, Alleycorp
Bijan Sabet, General Partner, Spark Capital
Julie Samuels, President, Engine
David A. Shaywitz, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, DNAnexus
Behshad Sheldon, President and CEO, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals
Mark Trudeau, President and CEO, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
David Spector, Cofounder, ThirdLove
Bret Taylor, CEO, Quip
Todd Thibodeaux, CEO, CompTIA
David Tisch, Managing Partner, BoxGroup
Kevin A. Trapani, President and CEO, The Redwood Groups
Bob &Harvey Weinstein, Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen, The Weinstein Company
American Family Association
The Charlotte Christian Chamber
North Carolina Values Coalition
Keep NC Safe Coalition
Archangel Michael Orthodox Christian Bookstore
To Your Health Bakery
Sallie Caldwell, S &S Cleaning Service, LLC
Reese Cao, XG Technologies Inc
Jennifer Champion, Total Life Changes
Sam Cowles, Main Street Investments, LLC
Mark &Lora Godwin, Mark Godwin Family Farms Inc.
David Griffin, Griffin Tile &Marble Inc.
David &Judith Hale, Lighthouse Electric of Charlotte
Dusten Harward, D Harward Marketing
Debra Hasty, Hasty Home Resources
H. Ralph Henderson, Omnichannel Productions
Tim Herlihy, Occupational Health Concepts
Rebekah Hopkins, Beethoven’s Piano Revelers Studio
Jana Huffstetler, Collision Center of Stanley County
Gregory Humphrey, Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning
Cheryl Jones, ICI Lamp Company
Sergey Kholod, Serglandscape Company
Tony Mazzone, Comfort Security
Adam and Michelle Mills, Mills Inc.
Bill Montross, Christian Business Men Connections
Jesse Newton, Green Branch Construction, Inc.
Ronald Obie, WCRG
Justin Reeder, Superior Wash Southeast
David &Jason Benham, Benham Real Estate Group
Lila Sanacore, Prayerful Touch Massage
Doug Schmeuszer, Sunbelt Packaging LLC
Tim Steele, Thermal Services, Inc.
Gretchen, Tate, God’s Glamorous Girls
Lisa Todd, Todd Group
Keith Vance, Vance Resource llc
Maria Vari, Strategic Resource Development
Elizabeth Walker, Oexning Silversmiths, Inc.
Paul, Weaver, AWPC, Inc
Michael Wolff, KC Solutions Group
Charles O’Connor, Advanced Enclosure Consulting
Tracey Sellers, The Balanced Body Center
Richard Gavin, Riverside Millwork
Angela Smith, Lombardo Swimming Pools
Shardae White, Personal Catering llc
Carl Ford, South Rowan Broadcasting Inc.
Alva Yandle, Melatex, Inc
Carl Ford, Ford Broadcasting Inc.
David Snyder, Snyder Packaging, Inc.