North Carolina lawmaker defends law, acknowledges fallout

AP News
Posted: Apr 29, 2016 1:34 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A leading North Carolina lawmaker has told business leaders he respects their right to speak out against a law limiting protections for LGBT people — but he's not changing his mind.

The Human Rights Campaign posted a copy of the letter, dated April 19, online Friday. In the letter, Republican Senate leader Phil Berger appears to try to assuage the businesses' fears about the law, but also remarks: "Make no mistake: I supported, and continue to support, the legislation."

Ben Graumann, a spokesman for Equality NC, says the letter was sent to at least some of the 180 businesses whose representatives signed a letter seeking the law's repeal.

A spokeswoman for Berger didn't immediately respond to a voicemail and an email Friday.

North Carolina's legislative session started this week.