The legislation, HB2, signed by McCrory in March overturned a Charlotte ordinance that extended anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community. The law prevented local governments from passing ordinances allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.
National outrage quickly ensued. The NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference pulled championship games from the state in protest. Concerts were canceled and business expansions scrapped, including one that would have brought 400 jobs to Charlotte. An estimated $500 million in business was lost.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, under pressure from the state’s business community, vetoed a so-called “religious liberty” bill in March widely viewed as discriminatory to gays and lesbians. GOP officials in Georgia have said they’re likely to resurrect the legislation in the next legislative session that begins in January.
McCrory’s apparent defeat proved even more stinging given that Donald Trump won North Carolina and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican, also won re-election.