The Episcopal bishops of North Carolina have called on the state legislature to repeal House Bill 2, and they are urging state leaders to “listen to the experiences of LGBT citizens and to seek to understand their lives and circumstances.”
The Right Rev. Anne E. Hodges-Copple, the Right Rev. Porter Taylor, the Right Rev. Robert S. Skirving and the Right Rev. Peter James Lee issued the letter Tuesday on the website of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.
The bishops write that “the issue of discrimination is not partisan, nor is it secular. The practice of discrimination by a state or institution limits, even prohibits, us from respecting the dignity of another human being. It inhibits our very capacity to care for one another and to work for the common good. This affects all people.”
As reasons for their opposition, they mention not only the part of HB2 that overturned a Charlotte antidiscrimination ordinance, but they also list the parts of the bill that disallow discrimination suits in state courts and prevent localities from setting their own minimum wages for contractors.
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The North Carolina General Assembly passed the law in a one-day special session March 23.
“We seek to love unconditionally as witnessed in the life of Jesus and follow his example by embracing those who are marginalized by society,” the bishops write.
Read their letter at nando.com/episcopal.