Gov. Pat McCrory’s official response to the tragedy in Orlando was to offer his prayers to the families of the victims and the mayor of Orlando. He went on to offer the assistance of North Carolina to the governor of Florida. Wouldn’t it have been more meaningful if he had offered something more tangible than prayers and offers of support?
Why couldn’t he have taken a stand against intolerance toward the LGBT community by pledging to immediately send a request to the legislature to rescind HB2? By doing so he would make a powerful statement to the fallen and the families in Orlando, as well as to the country and the world that North Carolina is a state that accepts diversity among its residents and upholds the rights of all people no matter their race, sex, religion, nation of origin or gender identity. It’s not too late.