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Surprise: North Carolina Gov. Moves To Be (a little) More Inclusive

Written by Agenda Florida

Governor wants to change, but not scrap, North Carolina law
GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory issued an executive order expanding anti-discrimination rules for state employees and asking lawmakers to eliminate a provision in a law limiting LGBT protections he signed three weeks ago.

But he said Tuesday he sees no need to repeal the rest of the law, which came about to overturn a Charlotte city ordinance.

The state law has brought nationwide fallout on North Carolina. Corporate executives, gay-rights groups and political opponents have blasted McCrory for signing it. Some companies also have scaled back their planned job expansions.

McCrory’s order did expand the equal employment policy for state employees to include sexual orientation and gender identity and urged lawmakers to restore the right of all workers to sue in state court over employment discrimination.