Emails show Pat McCrory saw widespread support for HB2

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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.

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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)