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NASCAR opposes North Carolina’s anti-LGBTI law

NASCAR opposes North Carolina’s anti-LGBTI law

NASCAR Chairman Brian France calls on North Carolina to reconsider HB2

The chairman of NASCAR wants North Carolina’s political leaders to know his organization is opposed to HB2.

‘We take the position that any discrimination, unintended or not, we do not like that and we are working behind the scenes, and we are not a political institution,’ Brian France said to the Associated Press Sports Editors last week, according to the Charlotte Observer. ‘We don’t set agendas or write laws but we express our values to policy makers. We will and we do. We are real clear about that.’

HB2, signed by Governor Pat McCrory late last month, bans all local LGBTI rights ordinances in the state and was pushed forward to override an ordinance in Charlotte that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of their gender identification.

While based in Florida, NASCAR has offices in Charlotte and Concord (both Tar Heel State cities).

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the US, praised France for joining the ranks of business leaders who have expressed concerns with the statute.

‘More than 180 leading CEOs and business leaders have signed onto an open letter urging Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory law that was rammed through the legislature on  [23] March,’ HRC said in a statement.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also spoke at the AP conference, noting HB2 and the affect it might have on next year’s All-Star Game, set to be played in Charlotte.