Raleigh, NC – This Wednesday evening the entire Senate Democratic Caucus walked off the Senate floor as the General Assembly passed HB2, one of the most sweeping anti-LGTB bills in the nation. Here is the statement that was given during the press conference by Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue on behalf of the caucus:
“And sexual orientation and gender identity”.
Those six words in the city of Charlotte’s ordinance changed the face of equality for every person in the state of North Carolina.
Charlotte’s effort to extend protection of discrimination to one group of people has, in turn, resulted in the Republican Party’s attempt to punish millions of people across the state.
Decades of progress have been undone at the hands of this immoral bill – more than 50 years of civil rights efforts are being erased.
While I stand in support of equality for LGBT community, we must understand that the creation of this bill goes far deeper than that.
And the Republican Party was thorough and deliberate in exploiting this local act to show their true colors.
This bill is a direct assault on living wage standards, paid leave benefits, working conditions and even state and local protection from racial and religious persecution.
This is a blatant abuse of power. We were elected to protect the people of this state. Instead, we have violated the people’s trust and endangered their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
How can republican leaders of the General Assembly, as public servants, claim to act on behalf of the people when they are actively assaulting the people’s rights.
We want the nation to know that this is not what North Carolina stands for, and that is why, every single Senate Democrat present today, walked off the floor of the senate, rather than participate in this atrocity.