When we travel, we make it a point to listen to local radio (mostly NPR affiliates) and to watch television news. We like to try to gain more than a superficial understanding of the places we visit. On our way north from Florida, we had listened to Governor Nathan Deal's courageous veto speech of similar legislation in Georgia, citing its effect on the growing business community in his state as well as mentioning the progress made in the state in terms of broad non-discrimination.
When we arrived in North Carolina, we heard a great deal about HB2, its effect on the climate and reputation of the state as well as varying reactions to it. Television news leads almost every evening with the story. Several states have refused to allow people traveling on state funds to come to North Carolina while HB2 stands. Performers like Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, and Ringo Starr have cancelled performances in the State. This questionably promulgated legislation has had a real impact on North Carolina.
Raleigh will always be open to everyone. Everyone. We will continue to support all of our businesses, citizens and visitors with the utmost respect, regardless of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.