The NFL didn’t move its quarterly meeting from North Carolina to protest the controversial bathroom law known as House Bill 2. But that doesn’t stop the owners who showed up in Charlotte from making their views known while in town.
49ers CEO Jed York did so on Tuesday, strongly.
“The San Francisco 49ers are deeply concerned about North Carolina’s recently-enacted House Bill 2, which overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination across the state,” York said in a statement, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “HB 2 does not reflect the values of our organization, of our country, or the majority of North Carolinians.”
York also gave $75,000 to Equality NC, a statewide organization that promotes equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.
“We firmly believe that discriminatory laws such as HB 2 are bad for our employees, bad for our fans, and bad for business,” York said. “We believe that HB 2 will make it far more challenging for businesses across the state to recruit and retain the nation’s best and brightest workers and attract the most talented students from across the country. It will also diminish the state’s draw as a destination for sporting events, tourism and conventions, and new business activity. ”
The law requires people to use the bathroom that reflects the gender on their birth certificate. All political views aside, we’re still waiting to hear more about how the law is going to be enforced.