SETC Response to House Bill 2
Below is the text of a letter SETC leadership mailed and emailed to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on April 1, 2016, regarding the passing of House Bill 2 in North Carolina.
The Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), with a membership of 4,612 and which produces an annual convention for over 4,800 attendees, has a 67 year history of supporting non-discrimination and continues to support the rights of all people to freely express themselves without the expectation of a legal authority limiting their individual human rights.
We believe that the recent legislation, House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, will prove to be discriminatory and limit basic rights.
We join the public protest against enacting this law. We support the individuals and corporations who have publicly denounced the legislation and companies reconsidering their business transactions in the state. We support the position of the ACLU of North Carolina and Equality NC which have filed a Federal lawsuit, citing that it violates both Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. We also support New York’s governor banning all non-essential state supported travel for its employees to North Carolina. We believe that this legislation harms all the citizens of North Carolina.
We are hopeful that the strong local, regional and national citizen outrage that has developed regarding this bill will prove successful in convincing you and other elected officials to overturn this legislation.