North Carolina

North Carolina senator: ‘We must fight to keep our state straight’

Protesters head into the Legislative building for a sit-in against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 25, 2016. While demonstrations circled North Carolina's statehouse on Monday, for and against a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people, House Democrats filed a repeal bill that stands little chance of passing. Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP

North Carolina‘s Republican nominee for state attorney general urged a crowd to “keep our state straight,” drawing criticism from the state’s Democratic Party.

State Sen. Buck Newton made the remarks at a rally Monday in support of a state law that limits protections for the LGBT community. Newton shepherded the legislation known as “House Bill 2” through his chamber.

Video of the event shows him urging the crowd to “tell your friends and family who had to work today what this is all about and how hard we must fight to keep our state straight.”

The North Carolina Democratic Party issued a statement calling the comments hateful and discriminatory toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. They called for Newton to apologize and for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to denounce Newton’s remarks.

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