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Gay rights groups endorse Roy Cooper

North Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper speaks to the crowd before speaking at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
North Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper speaks to the crowd before speaking at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016. AP

As Charlotte prepares for Pride Weekend, two gay rights groups have endorsed Democrat Roy Cooper for governor.

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights group, and Equality NC both backed Cooper in part because he’s promised to undo House Bill 2, the law that among other things bars local governments from passing strict non-discrimination ordinances.

“Roy Cooper is a stalwart advocate for LGBTQ equality and a proven leader who will work to make the Tar Heel State inclusive and welcoming for all,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “As governor, Roy Cooper will work to repeal HB2, stand up for common decency and fight to pass statewide, LGBTQ-inclusive, non-discrimination protections. The choice this election couldn’t be clearer.”

Cooper is running against Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed HB2 into law.

State Rep. Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, said Cooper “has a strong track record of fighting for civil rights, education and economic growth that Pat McCrory lacks.”

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