More than 80 of the country’s biggest CEOs and business leaders have signed a letter demanding North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and the state general assembly repeal the recently passed House Bill 2, which has been criticized as the most anti-LGBTQ bill in the country.
The letter’s signees include Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Square and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley, among many others.
“HB 2 is not a bill that reflects the values of our companies, of our country, or even the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians,” the letter reads.
House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, was passed last week by North Carolina’s legislature and signed into law by the governor. It declares that North Carolina’s nondiscrimination law, which does not include specific protections for LGBTQ people, overrides local ordinances.
It also states bathrooms and changing facilities at public schools, public colleges and government agencies must be designated for use only based on people’s “biological sex” stated on their birth certificate, excluding transgender people’s use in their preferred facility unless they get their birth certificate changed.
The letter continues, making the argument HB 2 is bad for business, saying it will make it more challenging for the North Carolina to recruit and retain the country’s most capable workers and students, while harming tourism, new businesses, and economic activity.
“We are disappointed in your decision to sign this discriminatory legislation into law, the letter reads. “The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business. This is not a direction in which states move when they are seeking to provide successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development.”
Read the full letter here.