RALEIGH, N.C. (ChurchMilitant.com) - North Carolina's Lieutenant Governor is telling PayPal, "Good riddance."
In response to North Carolina's new bathroom law, House Bill 2, signed two weeks ago by the governor, there has been much outcry by the LGBT community against the new legislation.
California-based corporation PayPal is now changing its plans on building a $3.6 million global operations center in North Carolina, costing the state about 400 new jobs.
PayPal CEO, Dan Schulman, released a statement claiming HB2 "perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal's mission and culture." It continues:
This decision reflects PayPal's deepest values and our strong belief that every person has the right to be treated equally, and with dignity and respect. These principles of fairness, inclusion and equality are at the heart of everything we seek to achieve and stand for as a company. And they compel us to take action to oppose discrimination.
In response to PayPal's decision, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest released a statement yesterday,
If our action in keeping men out of women's bathrooms and showers protected the life of just one child or one woman from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it. North Carolina will never put a price tag on the value of our children. They are precious and priceless. If a corporation wanting to do business in North Carolina does not see the worth of our children in the sam [sic] light, then I wish them well as they do business somewhere else.
Critics are also questioning PayPal's actions due to the fact that they operate and do business in countries where homosexuality is outright illegal and in others where there is a death sentence for homosexual or transgender acts.
There is a long list of countries like Turkey, India, and Malaysia where homosexual and transgender people can be thrown into prison. India will imprison a person for ten years if they are caught kissing a person of the same gender in public. PayPal has even set up shop in Dubai where homosexuals are put to death.
HB2 was passed in response to a new Charlotte ordinance allowing transgender people to use public restrooms that coincide with the gender of their choice.
On March 23 — less than a month after the Charlotte ordinance — HB2 was introduced to the state's general assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory the same night. The law was passed to help protect women and children from sexual predators. In an interview to Radio America, Lt. Gov. Forest said defended HB2, saying LGBT activists are mischaracterizing the legislation. He maintains transgender people can still use bathrooms as long as they have completed sexual reassignment surgery and had their birth certificate changed — something commonly done by people who identify as transgender.
The outcry from LGBT activists has been coming from every corner. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has been trying to get companies to take their business out of North Carolina. It was successful when Georgia's governor, Nathan Deal, vetoed a religious freedom bill passed by the state's house and senate. HRC also encouraged Hollywood and television studios to threaten to stop shooting in the state, as well as the National Football League to threaten that Atlanta wouldn't have a chance to host the Super Bowl. Deal denied, however, that he gave in to pressure.
Lieutenant Gov. Forest maintains, "You will never go wrong by doing the right thing. There may be consequences to pay for doing the right thing ... I'm fine with that. If I do the right thing, I really don't care about the blow-back or whether I get elected again."