North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed an anti-gay bill and the backlash has been swift. The Republican governor said he wasn’t concerned over businesses following through on threats to leave the state. However, on March 18, PayPal announced its plans to build a $3.6 million global operations center in Charlotte and hire 400 employees. It would have been healthy for the state financially but the plans were nixed after McCrory signed legislation to allow discriminatory practices against the gay community. At least 80 businesses have voiced their concerns.
A billboard recently put up on a North Carolina highway to mock the passage of House Bill 2.
The Tryon Daily Bulletin put up a picture of the billboard on Facebook.
This billboard went up in Polk County Thursday at Hwy. 108/Skyuka Rd. in Lynn in response to the state's passage of HB2. What say you, Polk County?
“Welcome to North Carolina,” the billboard reads. “Due to our stance on LGBT rights please set your clock back 100 years.”
Like a boss, Bruce Springsteen announced Friday that his upcoming show in Greensboro, North Carolina, has been canceled in “solidarity” with those protesting the measure signed by McCrory.
“To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress,” Springsteen said in a statement.
“Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th,” Springsteen said.
“Some things are more important than a rock show,” he added, “and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them.”
Meanwhile, Dennis Hastert, a Republican who opposed gay rights, is alleged to have abused four boys. Hastert was the longest-running Republican speaker of the House.
Those who object the most appear to be the perpetrators. We’re looking at you, Governor McCrory.
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