GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As the race for the governor’s mansion continues, people in the East say the outcome could have a big impact on key issues in North Carolina, like controversial House Bill 2.
It’s still unclear who will be North Carolina’s next governor, democrat Roy Cooper or incumbent Pat McCrory. Counties are supposed to submit their final tallies including provisional ballots by Friday. What is clear, however, is that House Bill 2 did play a role in the election.
At last check, Cooper leads by about 5,000 votes. McCrory lost support in key metropolitan areas like Mecklenburg, Wake, Guilford and even Pitt counties, all impacted by losing large events over HB2.
Going off the unofficial results, Cooper is claiming victory and so are members of the local LGBT community. Advocates say if McCrory loses, HB2 is likely to blame.
ECU GLBT Executive Board Member Amy Bright says with democrat Josh Stein elected Attorney General and Cooper still edging out McCrory, they’re optimistic about the future of HB2 and North Carolina.
“The only downside is that we do not have a legislature that will repeal the law which means that when the bathroom provisions are stricken as they knew they would be, the really bad portions of the law that negatively impact everyone in the state not just the LGBT community are going to stand and that’s the tragedy of the whole situation,” Bright said.
Some local LGBT advocates say they’re worried about what their future looks like under republican Donald Trump, yet the president-elect has previously denounced HB2 and said he supports the LGBT community.
A federal trial which could decide the legality of HB2 was supposed to start Monday, but has been delayed until next summer.