Contact: Jim Quick
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For Immediate Release
"People of faith should not be treated like second-class citizens, and that is exactly what these bills propose. They would override the fundamental right to exercise our religious beliefs and engage in free speech that our First Amendment guarantees. Disagreement is not discrimination, yet these bills target those whose views the LGBT groups don’t like rather than respecting a diversity of beliefs. These bills would ostracize and marginalize people who hold decent and honorable beliefs about marriage, sex, and gender."
- Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director at NC Value Coalition
Package of LGBT Bills:
The North Carolina Values Coalition believes every person should be treated with dignity and respect and our laws should protect constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of every citizen, no matter who they are. Unfortunately, these bills seek to implement coercive sexual orientation and gender identity (“SOGI”) laws that would undermine both fairness and freedom. These bills would force everyone to promote messages and celebrate events that conflict with their beliefs. Using the heavy hand of government, they would coerce uniformity of thought and speech on beliefs about marriage, sex, and what it means to be male and female. If passed into law, these harmful bills would be unfair to women and violate their bodily privacy and dignity by forcing them to share private spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms with men.
Destructive gender ideology, which is enshrined in these bills, threatens children. First, these bills would create unfair playing fields for girls in athletics, forcing them to compete against biological males who have an unfair advantage physically. Second, these bills threaten the right of parents to raise their children consistently with their beliefs, instead mandating curriculum in schools that affirms and promotes gender ideology and depriving parents of the right to refuse harmful medical experiments that alter the God-given sex of their children. Third, these bills would harm efforts to find loving homes for kids in our nation’s overloaded foster care system by forcing faith-based adoption and foster care providers to violate their beliefs or stop their important work.
At a time when our state is dealing with the health, economic, and cultural effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, LGBTQ activist groups and their allies in the General Assembly have exposed their radical agenda for North Carolina by filing these bills. Our state does not need, nor does it support, the radical extremism in these bills. NC Values Coalition is urging our members to encourage their legislators not to fall into the trap of using government to punish citizens who disagree about marriage, sex, and gender by violating their fundamental rights of free speech and freedom of religion.
Five years beyond HB2 and the over-reactive bullying of our state by national LGBT groups and their allies in the sports and business communities, we have proof that standing on the side of common sense and honorable beliefs about marriage, sex, and gender did not hurt North Carolina’s economy or its citizens.
In fact, the proof is in the data, which shows that North Carolina’s economy has been BOOMING since 2016, and HB2 has had no substantial economic impact on North Carolina. According to The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), in fiscal year 2016, NC closed with a $430 million budget surplus, and in fiscal year 2017 North Carolina had a $581 million surplus. North Carolina tourism generated a record visitor spending in 2016 with a total of $22.9 billion, a 4.3 percent increase from 2015. The state continued that growth in 2017 with another record of $23.9 billion, a 4.2 percent increase from 2016. In 2016, the tourism industry-supported a record 218,000 jobs, and that number jumped to another record of 225,000 jobs in the state in 2017.
According to our research, not found one company that was doing business in the State before HB2 was passed has pulled out of North Carolina because of HB2, including companies owned by those who are openly gay. That supposed PayPal center in Charlotte has yet to be built anywhere in the world. Meanwhile, North Carolina has been consistently ranked the Best State for Business by Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, Site Selection, and other organizations.
- House Bill 449 - Prohibit Defense Based on Sex or Gender.
- House Bill 450 - Equality for All
- House Bill 451 - Full Repeal of HB2
- House Bill 452 - Mental Health Protection Act
Jim Quick, Public Affairs Director at NC Values Coalition