“Hi, I’m North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.“In the 50 plus years since I’ve lived in North Carolina I’ve learned that the people of North Carolina love each other and they respect their differences.

Even when those differences conflict with their beliefs and values.“Time and time again I’ve witnessed the people of North Carolina put aside their disagreements and come together to accommodate and work out solutions, while still respecting each other’s beliefs and values.“I’ve also witnessed politicians who have exploited differences and divided our people.

Instead of living up to the North Carolina tradition of respecting those with whom they disagree they’ve demonized our state for political gain. And that is not acceptable.“Some have called our state an embarrassment. The real embarrassment is politicians not publicly respecting each other’s positions on complex issues.“Unfortunately, that has occurred when legislation was passed to protect men women and children when they use a public restroom, shower or locker-room.

That is an expectation of privacy that must be honored and respected.“Instead, North Carolina has been the target of a vicious, nation-wide smear campaign. Disregarding the facts, other politicians, from the White House to mayors and city council members and yes our Attorney General, have initiated and promoted conflict to advance their political agenda.  Even if it means defying the constitution and their oath of office.“Obeying the laws of the land, living up to the duties of the office and defending the constitution is the foundation of my governorship.

I am standing up to the president of the United States to prevent federal overreach to take over our North Carolina waters in violation of the U.S. Constitution.“I even stood up to the legislative leaders of my own party when they took powers not delegated to them in the North Carolina constitution, and our Supreme Court agreed.“Now I’m standing up to the Attorney General of North Carolina who today refused to fulfill his oath of office to defend the people of North Carolina in a lawsuit filed over the privacy of our restrooms.  As the state’s attorney, he can’t select which laws he will defend and which laws are politically expedient to refuse to defend.

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Source: Gov. McCrory’s Message on Legislation to Protect Privacy of NC Citizens – Pat McCrory for Governor