RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued an executive order expanding anti-discrimination rules for state employees and asking lawmakers to eliminate a provision in a law limiting LGBT protections he signed three weeks ago.
But he says Tuesday he sees no need to repeal the rest of the law, which came about to overturn a Charlotte city ordinance.
McCrory’s statement says his order will maintain gender-specific restroom and locker room access in government buildings and schools. The order would also expand the state equal employment policy to include sexual orientation and gender and urged lawmakers to restore the right of all workers to sue in state court over employment discrimination.
The state law has brought nationwide fallout on North Carolina. Corporate executives, gay-rights groups and political opponents have blasted McCrory for signing it. Some companies also have scaled back their planned job expansions.