Under the Dome

HB2 sponsor uses law to raise money

Bill sponsor Rep. Dan Bishop of Mecklenburg County, left and Rep. Skip Stam of Wake County field questions from lawmakers during the Judiciary IV Committee meeting at the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C.
Bill sponsor Rep. Dan Bishop of Mecklenburg County, left and Rep. Skip Stam of Wake County field questions from lawmakers during the Judiciary IV Committee meeting at the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. rwillett@newsobserver.com

Two days after the state passed the law striking down LGBT protections, state Rep. Dan Bishop, one of the bill’s lead sponsors, said in a campaign fund-raising email that he needed help stopping “the radical LGBT’s ugly attacks.”

Bishop, a Charlotte Republican in his first term, is running for the seat being vacated by Republican state Sen. Bob Rucho.

Bishop signed with email with the subject line “LGBT radicals getting ugly in NC....DO YOU HAVE MY BACK?”, and said Charlotte was targeted by forces looking to impose a “radical transgender agenda.”

The law stuck down a Charlotte ordinance allowing people to choose a bathroom based on the gender with which they identify. It also nullified municipal ordinances that include sexual orientation or gender identity as categories protected from discrimination, and put limits on the employment practices cities and counties can require of contractors.

In the email, Bishop said the law prevents men from using women’s bathrooms, and he being targeted because he introduced the bill.

“Make no mistake -- they want to make us into a national example – SO THAT NO ONE WILL EVER STAND UP to the radical transgender agenda again. Anywhere.

“That’s why I need your help today.

Because I introduced the bill that they apparently hate so much – these militant forces intend to take me out in this Fall's election.”

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