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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Newly released records show former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed a state law nullifying anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people after seeing a poll indicating the move would be politically popular.

The Charlotte Observer reports newly released emails show McCrory responded by writing “wow” after his political strategist shared a poll indicating broad opposition to a Charlotte non-discrimination ordinance.

That exchange came one day before state lawmakers passed House Bill 2 in a one-day special session last March and McCrory signed it into law hours later.

The law excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from anti-discrimination protections. It also requires transgender people to use restrooms in public buildings matching the sex on their birth certificates.

The law triggered a backlash from LGBT advocates and businesses who say it’s discriminatory.

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2/17/2017 6:57:19 AM (GMT -5:00)

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  • Heimie Schmelter

    “Newly released records show former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed a state law nullifying anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people after seeing a poll indicating the move would be politically popular.”

    Really? Truly? After seeing “…a POLL”??? Do you mean like the same kind of polls that said “No possible way that Donald Trump will EVER be the republican nominee!”? Or perhaps the poll that said, “It is physically AND numerically IMPOSSIBLE for Donald Trump to even come close to getting 270 electoral college votes! It Will NEVER happen!”

    “POLLS”…righto! We believe everything they say… Polls are just like today’s journalists…you can’t believe a thing they tell you!

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