Randolph County commissioners have delayed a vote in support of House Bill 2 because Gov. Pat McCrory suggested additions to the county’s resolution.
County and municipal boards across the state have weighed in on the controversial LGBT law. Some rural communities have passed resolutions supporting HB2, including Ashe County, Indian Beach and Old Fort. But many larger communities – including Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Wilmington and Greenville – have approved resolutions calling for repeal.
Randolph County leaders were ready to join the pro-HB2 list this week. But according to The Courier-Tribune of Asheboro, one of the commissioners spoke with McCrory first, and the governor “asked if the resolution could be amended to reflect his executive order.” The executive order expanded discrimination protections for state employees and called on the legislature to repeal a section that makes it harder to file workplace discrimination lawsuits.
All but one Randolph County commissioner supports the pro-HB2 resolution. According to meeting minutes, Commissioner Stan Haywood asked “were we going to trust God or bow to the pressures of the liberal left? As for me and my family, I’m going to trust the Lord and would strongly support a resolution.”