After Charlotte passed an ordinance that provided public accommodations protections for transgender people, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and House Speaker Tim Moore called an emergency session of state lawmakers. Within 24 hours, legislators from both chambers passed the vehemently discriminatory HB2 law, and Governor Squishy signed it late that same night.
PayPal, which just last month was announcing a plan to expand into Charlotte with 400 jobs at a global operations center, has reversed course because of HB2. Said PayPal in a prepared statement, “The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte.”