The Log Cabin Republicans and the American Unity Fund, two conservative organizations that support LGBT equality, are encouraging North Carolina Republican voters to ask their government to repeal the law.
Gregory Angelo, the president of the Log Cabin Republicans, said House Bill 2 goes against GOP values.
“The drive for some Republicans to drag the civil rights movement in this country literally into the gutter in order to make this discussion about public restroom facilities does a disservice, not only to the civil rights movement in this country, but to the Republican party and its priorities,” he said.
Their operates under the tagline “Small town, not small minded” and says lawmakers in the N.C. General Assembly are violating a fundamental value: the Golden Rule.
Angelo said House Bill 2 unnecessarily intervenes in the lives of citizens, which is contrary to key GOP principles.
“It doesn’t get any more intrusive than legislating restroom usage, and how such a law would be enforced is something that goes even further in terms of an invasion into someone’s privacy,” Angelo said. “For a political party that espouses less government and less intervention in people’s private and personal lives, HB2 stands in opposition to both.”
Conservative groups have an important place in the LGBT movement, said Rebecca Kreitzer, an assistant professor of public policy at UNC.
“They’re able to craft messages that resonate more with conservative ideology, in particular with a focus on individual freedom, liberty and small government,” she said.