In his first speech since becoming Governor-elect, Democrat Roy Cooper said it was time to repeal HB2 and begin repairing North Carolina’s reputation as an inclusive state.
Quickly passed in an emergency session this spring, the law prohibited trans people form using the bathroom that matched their gender identity. It also barred any city or municipality from passing anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people.
“With this election, North Carolina is on its way to repairing its reputation,” said Cooper. “Let’s finish the job and repeal HB2.”
“I will fight all kinds of discrimination,” he added, “[but] repairing our state’s reputation will take all of us.”
Republican incumbent Pat McCrory had contested the election and demanded a recount, but finally conceded on Monday when it became apparent Cooper was leading by more than 10,000 votes.
Exit polls indicated HB2 was a key factor in the election, with 57% of North Carolinians citing it as the reason they voted against McCrory. In general, 62% of voters opposed HB2, as compared to 30% who approved of it.
“There is much to be done in order to support Roy Cooper’s efforts to repeal HB2 and create statewide non-discrimination protections,” said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro. “We are looking forward to working with Governor-elect Roy Cooper to repeal the vile HB2 and restore North Carolina’s reputation.”