Companies reconsidering North Carolina over LGBT rights

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory met with gay-rights advocates bearing a letter signed by more than 100 corporate executives urging him to repeal the nation's first state law limiting the bathroom options for transgender people.

The law also excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from anti-discrimination protections, and blocks municipalities from adopting their own anti-discrimination and living wage rules.

In a statement Thursday, the governor's spokesman, Josh Ellis, said McCrory "appreciated the opportunity to sit down and deal with these complex issues through conversation and dialogue as opposed to political threats and economic retaliation."

The advocates declined to describe McCrory's response.

Some companies are already reconsidering doing business in the country's ninth-largest state.