Virginia governor swears to reappeal bathroom bill

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FARMVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 04: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe attends the Vice Presidential Debate between Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence at Longwood University on October 4, 2016 in Farmville, Virginia. This is the second of four debates during the presidential election season and the only debate between the vice presidential candidates. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Governor of Virginia has vowed to veto a harmful anti-LGBT ‘bathroom bill’ as soon as he has an opportunity to do it. From the very beginning the law was aimed to ban transgender people from using public bathrooms in state-owned facilities, but the actual contents of the law are far more chilling.

Responding to the proposed bill, McAuliffe’s Communications Director Brian Coy said he would veto any effort to make it law. “Governor McAuliffe has been clear that he will veto any bill that restricts the rights of Virginians based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Coy. Going on, Coy noted North Carolina’s HB2, which cost the state numerous high profile sporting and music events, and prompted big businesses to boycott the state. “As we saw in North Carolina, these bills don’t just hamper civil rights – they kill jobs. The Governor is hopeful that Republicans in the General Assembly will drop these counterproductive bills and turn their focus toward building a stronger and more equal Virginia economy.”

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