“Discrimination Makes It Impossible to Sustain a Healthy Future”
Edenton, NC - The Sustainable Furnishings Council, a coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers dedicated to raising awareness and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry, has voiced its opposition to North Carolina’s recently enacted Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as House Bill 2. The new law removes the entire LGBT group and veterans from the (now very narrow) list of groups afforded state legal protection from discrimination in the workplace and in the community. SFC has requested it be repealed.
“We feel strongly that discrimination makes it impossible to sustain a healthy future,” said Susan Inglis, executive director of SFC. “We hope that our legislators will soon repeal this senseless law and get on with the more important business of securing our future by legislating reduction of CO2 emissions and other harmful pollutants.”
The organization sent word of its opposition Thursday to all members of the N.C. General Assembly and to the Governor:
“The Sustainable Furnishings Council, a North Carolina-based organization comprised of 400 member companies in the furnishings industry, is appalled by the passage of HB2 in the North Carolina General Assembly and by the Governor's signing it,” the statement said. “The discrimination this law condones is contrary to our principles and values. Furthermore, the law is a detriment to our industry and the economic well-being of our state. We call on the Governor and our legislators to repeal the law and work assiduously to reverse the damage it is causing.”