RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor called Sunday for more dialogue on the issue of transgender people and bathroom use while saying he stands by provisions of a bill regarding access to facilities.
Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to talk about the bill, which he signed into law last month. On Tuesday, he issued an executive order expanding protections for many state workers based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“But I will tell you what I have learned through this is we’ve got to have more dialogue, not threats,” McCrory told the show’s host, Chuck Todd.
When Todd raised the issue of politicians using similar arguments against LGBT equality to oppose the Civil Rights Act, McCrory said the issue of such rights only came up recently since voters in Houston in November rejected an ordinance that would have established nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people.
McCrory said that “what we’ve got to do is deal with this extremely new social norm that has come to our nation in a very quick period and have these discussions about the complexity of equality while also balancing the concept of privacy in the most private areas of our life, which is a restroom, locker room or shower facility in our high schools.”
McCrory reiterated that he will ask legislators to repeal a part of the law that bans workers from filing discrimination claims in state court. Even when he signed the bill into law, he disagreed with that provision, he said. That part of the law “was very poorly thought out,” he said.
The executive director of Equality NC, Chris Sgro, said Sunday that with those words, McCrory acknowledged signing a bad bill.