North Carolina

GREAT NEWS! Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Puts Transgender Restroom Rules on Hold!

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In response to Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling regarding a Virginia transgender student being blocked from using her/his bathroom of choice, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) put their transgender restroom rules on hold. CMS Superintendent Ann Clark announced her disappointment on Thursday that CMS will now pause their decision to allow transgender students access to public school bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity. Read more about it here.

PLEASE DON’T STOP CALLING and WRITING TO THE CMS SCHOOL BOARD: We believe that the many letters, phone calls, and e-mails from our members, and our coalition partner’s, North Carolina Values Coalition, members have directly impacted Superintendent Clark’s decision thus far. With the upcoming school board meeting on Tuesday, August 9, let us continue to make our voices heard without ceasing!

Action Items:

  1. If at all possible please attend the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Pro-HB 2 Rally this Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center at 600 E Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. We will be rallying outside as the school board has a closed session inside.
  2. Then, following the rally, attend the open Board of Education meeting inside at 6:00 p.m.
  3. Add your signature to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System letter, if you haven’t already. Click here to sign now.
  4. Please continue to contact the CMS School Board members individually and urge them to keep bathrooms and locker rooms safe for all students. Superintendent Ann Clark can be contacted at Click here for the names and contact info for all the CMS Board of Education members.

Please continue to PRAY. Our children need us to stand in the gap for them. Let us continue on our knees to be strong together for this next generation.  “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)

HB2 Update and Action Items, Part 2

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As we shared with you earlier this week, with such ongoing volatile news regarding HB2, we have chosen to divide our update into two parts. We thank you for taking action and diligently praying through Parts I and now Part II.

HB2 Battle in the Courtroom 

Obama Calls on Federal Judge to Stop HB2
Only days after the Charlotte incident we referenced in Part I, the Obama Administration issued a 70-page court motion calling on a federal judge to stop HB2. This Administration demonstrates it has no concern for this woman and others.  Their only interest is propping up or protecting the rights of the man/men to use whatever restroom he/they fancies, thereby, furthering their political agenda.

Dueling HB2 Lawsuits Expected in Courtrooms near the Election
Dueling lawsuits over North Carolina’s HB2 law will likely go to trial around Election Day. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder will hear both cases.

Federal Judge Hears Plea to Block North Carolina Bathroom Law
On August 1 in Winston Salem, the American Civil Liberties Union met in Federal Court and urged Judge Schroeder to block the enforcement of HB2 asking him to put the law on hold until he rules later this year on its constitutionality. Judge Schroeder did not issue a ruling and instead asked for additional legal briefs.

68 Companies Support Challenges to HB2 with Amicus Brief
Meanwhile, 68 companies signed an amicus brief preliminary injunction supporting the current challenges to the law declaring HB2 unconstitutional.

Action Item: Contact as many companies as time allows that have opposed HB2. Respectfully encourage them to rethink their position in light of the safety of women and children. Let them know if you will no longer be using their services. Click here for list and some contact information.

 Odd, NBA Considers Moving All-Star Game to State that Opposes Obamas Transgender Bathroom Directive
On July 21, the NBA announced they are moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte. They announced they are considering moving the game to the State of Louisiana … a state that joined North Carolina and other states to stop President Obama’s transgender bathroom directive granting boys access into girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities in schools and universities.

In a letter dated July 21, 2016, North Carolina U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-District 9) asked Commissioner Adam Silver to justify developing new business in China where the government endorses the “practice of forcefully harvesting vital organs as part of their oppression of religious minorities.” Rep. Pittenger wrote, “Is the NBA implying China’s abhorrent violation of basic human rights is acceptable, but North Carolina saying men shouldn’t use the girls’ locker room is a bridge too far?” In reality, it’s the NBA’s secretive agenda that fails to mention the influence of liberal corporations positioned to affect the league’s bottom line. This demonstrates that it’s not really sports that drive their decision; it’s a very liberal political agenda.

Gov. Pat McCrory, too, issued yet another fearless statement, “The sports and entertainment elite… misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present.”

Even Charlotte Hornets’ minority investor Felix Sabates strongly disagreed with the league and his own team’s public support for the decision, saying in an e-mail that the NBA “overreached” in pulling the game and that Silver should have waited until the courts decided whether HB2 was legal. He further argued, “It is (a) shame that less than one-tenth of our country is forcing the league to have such a knee jerk reaction and to deprive the citizen(s) on our great state of having a great showcase even as the NBA All Star Game,” Sabates wrote. “Our Mayor opened a can of worms, who knows why? Our city council is the one to blame for our losing the NBA All Star game. None of this would have happened if not for a very few minority forcing our supposed city leaders into creating a problem that never really existed, there will always be another election, they better pray a very few can get them re-elected,” his e-mail continued. “What is wrong with a person using a bathroom provided for the sex they were born with, if you want to change your gender so be it, we are a free country, but don’t force eight year old children to be exposed to having to share bathroom facilities with people that don’t share the organs they were born with, this is plain wrong, this could cause irreparable damage to children that don’t understand why they have to see what God did not mean for them to witness, we have some very confused businesses as well as political humans that frankly have made this a political issue rather than moral issues, SHAME ON THEM.” Sabates ended his e-mail by pointing out other states that are taking legal action to challenge a recent executive order from the Obama Administration requiring all public schools to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. “NOT FAIR FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO BE PENALIZED when 21 other USA states are suing the Federal Government over laws that are not fair to our communities,” he concluded. Click here to read more about it.

Action Item:  Thank Rep. Pittenger for boldly confronting the NBA commissioner concerning HB2. Take a minute to e-mail him.

DNC and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper Conspire Against HB2
Last week, the week of the Democrat National Convention, we learned from Wikileaks that the DNC and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper conspired against North Carolina’s HB2 law coordinating fundraisers intended for Cooper’s gubernatorial campaign and using big NYC LGBT donors as well as receiving maxed donations from the former NBA Commissioner, the CEO of Lambda Legal, and 644 out-of-state donations totaling $428,684! That Roy Cooper would accept donations from the very same donors involved in the HB2 against the state of North Carolina in the lawsuit, Carcaño v. McCrory, is astonishing.

Action Items:

  • Attorney General Roy Cooper needs to hear from the citizens of North Carolina that he does not speak for us! Urge him to support HB2. He needs to know that his deeds have not gone unnoticed.E-mail his office, call (919) 716-6400 and/or fax (919) 716-6750.
  • Please co-sign the NC Values Coalition letter to the DNC demanding they apologize and stop slandering our state and its people.

Final Action: Please pass this e-alert on to your church, friends and family right now.  Thank you!

Lastly, and Most Importantly, PRAY.
We ask for continued prayer that truth and righteousness prevail, praying for each individual and each company by name as you contact them. “… to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” (Acts 26:18)

For Truth and Liberty in Christ,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

Breaking News: Supreme Court of the United States Places Temporary Hold on Student from Using Boys’ Restroom

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Yesterday, in a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to place a temporary hold on the Gloucester County School Board v. G.G ruling that required a Virginia school district to open up its restrooms to members of the opposite sex. We expect the ruling of this case to have bearing on the imminent ruling in North Carolina’s dual cases mentioned in the e-alert we sent you yesterday, HB2 Update & Action Items, Part I.

Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male, was allowed to use the boys’ restroom at his Virginia high school for several weeks in 2014 until parents complained. We agree with the Gloucester County School Board who countered that allowing Grimm to use the boys’ restroom raises privacy concerns.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia sued the Gloucester County School Board over its policy that protects students’ privacy and safety by reserving restrooms and locker rooms for members of the same biological sex, while providing an alternative private facility for students uncomfortable using a facility that corresponds with their sex. The ACLU inaccurately claimed that the school board violated Title IX. The appeals court sided with Grimm last April and reinstated Grimm’s Title IX claim and sent it back to the district court for further consideration.

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say concerning yesterday’s decision:

“This case is a result of yet another Obama Administration overreach. To require schools to allow students into any bathroom of their choice is an overstep on legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools.

Click here to read Penny’s quote in its entirety.

We are thankful for the Alliance Defending Freedom’s strong role in this case. Let us continue to pray that wisdom from above will prevail in this case and the similar North Carolina cases. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5

Please stay tuned for Part II of our HB2 Update and Action Items which will be sent out tomorrow.  If you haven’t already, please take action and pray concerning the items in Part I.

For Liberty in Christ,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

HB2 Update and Action Items, Part I

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There is much to update you on since we last e-mailed you regarding HB2 and lots of action items.  We have so much we want to tell you that we have decided to break our update into two e-alerts.  Here is Part I, and Friday we will send you Part II.  Please do all you can to complete as many action items as possible and be sure to regularly pray for our great state in this regard. We thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

State Legislature Adjourned for the Year with HB2 Intact

On June 30, 2016, we shared with you our concerns in regards to the possibility of HB2 being at risk through potential legislation, a draft filled with changes with which neither side was happy. We have great news! Our legislature adjourned for the year with HB2 intact, allowing only a few changes to HB2 — for people to bring claims for discrimination in state court in addition to federal courts.  Thank you for the many prayers and phone calls you made to your legislators in regards to this threat.  It clearly made a difference.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Defy HB2

On June 20, in direct violation and defiance to state law HB2, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Superintendent Ann Blakeney Clark issued a directive to all CMS principals that students may go to the bathroom, locker rooms, etc. of the gender with which they currently identify.  This shows no regard for the privacy and protection of the students!  CMS Board of Education Board Chair, Mary McCray, stated that all CMS board members stand unanimously behind the CMS Superintendent Ann Clark’s plan. The citizens of North Carolina do not stand unanimously behind this directive.

Action Item: The board members need to hear from us! There is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board meeting Tuesday, August 9.  The Board needs to hear from constituents regarding the decision either by phone, by e-mail or in person.  Please contact the CMS Superintendent Ann Clark and the CMS Board of Education members before the August 9 school board meeting.  Respectfully urge them to protect the privacy and safety for all 146,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg school students.

  • E-mail CMS Superintendent Ann Clark at
  • Click here for the names and contact info for all the CMS Board of Education members.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office responded to Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board.  “Instead of providing reasonable accommodations for some students facing unique circumstances, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System made a radical change to their shower, locker room and restroom policy for all students,” said Graham Wilson, Press Secretary for McCrory. “This curiously-timed announcement that changes the basic expectations of privacy for students comes just after school let out and defies transparency, especially for parents. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System should have waited for the courts to make a decision instead of purposely breaking state law.”

Action Item: Although you have probably thanked/encouraged Gov. McCrory several times, please, once again, drop the governor a quick e-mail thanking him for his many courageous statements in support of HB2.

North Carolina Man Arrested for Indecent Exposure In Women’s Restroom

Shockingly, or not so much, in early July, a woman reported a man in a women’s restroom at a Charlotte restaurant.

North Carolina Values Coalition Launches New Campaign

Our coalition partner, the North Carolina Values Coalition, has launched a new campaign!  We are asking for North Carolina families, businesses and educators to share their stories, answering brief questions about how they really feel about HB2 and how it has protected them. Are you a Family MemberBusiness Owner, or Educator? Click the appropriate one and take five minutes to share your story.

Action: Please pass this e-alert on to your church, friends and family right now.  Thank you!

And Most Importantly, PRAY.
Continue to pray that truth and righteousness prevail. “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24)

For Truth and Liberty in Christ,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina



Urgent Alert: HB2 is at Risk! Join Us in Holding the Line –Today!

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HB2 is at risk. Please urge our legislators to not make any change to HB2.  Pray for their strength in the face of much opposition.

This week a draft bill surfaced that indicates some legislators are showing signs of significant cowering to the bullying of the NBA and big business.  This bill would alter HB2.  As some legislators strive to pacify both sides in the draft of this new bill, neither sides of this explosive issue are satisfied.  Those of us in support of the common sense bill, HB2, do not want it weakened in any way.  Those in opposition to HB2 will not accept any changes other than a complete repeal.

There are many concerning elements to this draft legislation.  The most concerning is the recognition of a person who has had gender reassignment and would receive a document referred to as a “certificate of sex reassignment”. Therefore, it allows those individuals with sufficient paperwork into the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.  One can’t help but to ask, how would this even play out?  If I am in the ladies room, and someone who appears to be dressed like a woman, or a man dressed like a man, enters, do I ask that individual for their paperwork?  No, this change alone to HB2 guts HB2.

We must continue to speak out strongly to Gov. McCrory and our legislators. They heard us before and rightly stood strong for the protection and privacy for women and children in our state. They must hear us again! Do not allow the bullies to gain any traction.


  1. Call and email Gov. McCrory at (919) 814-2000 /
  2. Call Lt. Gov. Dan Forest at (919) 733-7350, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-District 26) at (919) 733-5708, House Speaker Tim Moore (R-District 1111) at (919)733-3451, and Rep. Dan Bishop (R-District 104) who introduced HB2 at (919) 715-3009. Encourage them to be strong in the face of the opposition. Urge them to continue to stand with the people.
  3. Call and email your legislators. Use the tool to find who represents you and how to contact each of them. Urge them to stand strong for HB2 which protects the privacy of our citizens.
  4. If you haven’t already, contact the corporations that have shamefully bullied the state of North Carolina after receiving thousands of dollars in taxpayer dollars through incentives. Click here for list and contact information.
  5. Go to, in which CWA of North Carolina is a coalition member, to read articles, talking points and more.
  6. Please pass this e-alert immediately to friends, family and churches.

PLEASE PRAY:  “O my God, incline Your ear and hear. Open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by Your name. For we do not present our pleas before You because of our righteousness, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.” (Daniel 9:18-19)

 Thank you for all you are doing on this important issue.  The nation is watching.  We must stay strong!

CWA of North Carolina Will Not Be Silent As Obama Invades Our Children’s Privacy

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The battle continues over the great state of North Carolina over this bathroom issue.  We must stay strong as we now fight the White House.

Earlier this month every public school system in the country received a letter from the Obama Administration (The U.S. Department of Justice and Education Release a Joint Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students), mandating that transgender students be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity (as opposed to their birth certificate) or the school districts will lose Federal funds under Title IX.

In a press release, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, stated, “The Obama Administration once again overstepped legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools.  Whether or not people who identify as transgender are indeed a protected class will get worked out in the courts.  Meanwhile, schools all over this nation, which have rightly worked on a case by case basis to accommodate kids struggling with gender dysphoria, may be forced to violate the privacy of other students and perhaps even create trauma for the very kids Obama pretends to protect.

“Local school districts with the input of parents and health professionals should be setting school policy on such a sensitive and controversial issue, not Washington.

“Finally, the left always uses children to accomplish its goals of social reengineering. The adults closest to these children should decide what’s best for all the children in the school.  Safety and kindness should be the guiding principles, not threats from the bullies in Washington.”

As Matt Barber points out, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg acknowledges, writing in the Washington Post, “Separate places to disrobe, sleep, perform personal bodily functions are permitted, in some situations required, by regard for individual privacy.” Moreover, Congress has, without fail, rejected efforts to include “gender identity” or “sexual orientation” in federal law. It is abundantly clear that the lawmakers who drafted and passed Titles VII and IX never dreamed that “sex” might include a man laboring under the delusion that he’s a woman.

“School districts that dare defy the administration’s directive could face lawsuits and lose millions of dollars in federal funding.  There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.”

The state of North Carolina has the right to set guidelines themselves without Federal overreach. 

We could not be more proud of our governor and the North Carolina General Assembly for courageously engaging in this battle for some time now without wavering.

What is needed now is continued prayers and encouragement for our great governor and legislators who persevere under great intimidation.

Please Take Action!

  • Contact Attorney General Roy Cooper and State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. Cooper has clearly opposed HB2.  Atkinson has, at the least, been passive concerning HB2.  Please tell them to stand up for the children of North Carolina and not to follow this outrageous federal directive that puts our children in danger.

Attorney General Roy Cooper
9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
(919) 716-6400
Click here to submit your concerns.  Be sure to address them to Attorney General Roy Cooper.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction June Atkinson
6301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6301
(919) 807-3300
Click here to submit your concerns.  Be sure to address them to State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson.

  • Contact your regional superintendent, local school superintendent and school board members. Show up at the next regularly scheduled board meeting and speak in opposition to the Obama directive.
  • Continue to contact Gov. Pat McCrory.  Thank him for the courage and resilience he has demonstrated in the face of intense opposition.  Let him know that you are praying for him.
  • Forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action on this.

Please Pray!

  • “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
  • As one of CWA’s recent articles, Christ Restoring a Male/Female Identity in a Sexually Confused World, concluded with, “Aligning ourselves with God’s plan for man and woman is the solution side of the problem.  Let us pray deeply for the ability to live into our male and female identity with more fullness, that we might offer a restorative picture for all of the world.”
  • Pray for the leaders listed above by name.  May they have the courage to do what’s right before God and on behalf of our children.

To be silent is to be complicit.

Farewell from North Carolina State Director Sheri Miller – May, 2016

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Dear CWA of North Carolina leaders, members and friends,

The time has come for me to say farewell to the great state of North Carolina. With heartfelt emotion of 25 years of blessed memories, of faith, family, friends, and ministry, on May 25, 2016, my husband Tom and I will be moving to Southern California to join family. We have felt God’s daily presence, favor, and assurance. Your prayers for His continued peace to guide us through every step of our cross-country move, is greatly appreciated.

It has been an immense privilege to serve you for seven years as the Concerned Women for America of North Carolina State Director. The outstanding 30-member leadership team and faithful members have impacted our great state with consistent prayer and action. We have stood strong as a voice for truth to defend marriage between one man and one woman, to protect North Carolina’s courts from Sharia Law, to repeal Common Core, to defend life in the womb, to defend women and children’s safety and privacy in bathrooms and to uphold religious liberty so that every North Carolinian is free to live, work, and go to school according to their faith without fear of government interference.

I am extremely proud of the many CWA of North Carolina accomplishments through the years and look forward to hearing how our Father God will continue to do great things through this wonderful organization and its faithful supporters in the years to come. God has abundantly provided a stellar State Steering Committee fully equipped to carry on for “such a time as this.”  I have no doubt that the almost 20 year legacy of  shedding Biblical light in the area of public policy through prayer, education and action, will continue through CWA of North Carolina as a light, a city on the hill that cannot be hidden. The committee consists of Interim State Contact and Communications Coordinator Jill Coward, Associate Director and Legislative Liaison Mary Frances Forrester, Prayer/Action Chapter Coordinator Barbara McCollum, Records Liaison Phyllis Philemon, 535 Coordinator and Federal Legislation Coordinator Miriam Harris and State Legislative Action Leaders Andrea George and Jan Lewis.

What an honor it has been to serve Him together with these wonderfully gifted State Steering Committee members, along with the state-wide Prayer/Action Leaders, Home Team Captains and Home District Liaisons who faithfully make a difference through prayer and action, serving Concerned Women for America of North Carolina!

All communications with the Steering Committee will now go through Jill Coward at  She will be happy to help you with any questions or comments.

My heart is full of gratitude to the Lord for each one of you. I will miss you and hold you in my heart, always giving thanks for you in my prayers (Ephesians 1:16)!

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Sheri Miller
State Director
CWA of North Carolina

Support for North Carolina Governor’s Lawsuit in Response to Department of Justice Overreach

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Washington, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory filed suit against the Department of Justice after being ordered to drop the state’s “bathroom” law. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“Concerned Women for America wholly supports Gov. McCrory’s lawsuit against the Department of Justice. DOJ’s actions are classic federal overreach, which affects not just schools and government buildings, but also private businesses.

“Concerned Women for America strongly believes that both states and private businesses have the Constitutional freedom to oppose bathroom politics and to protect citizens.  We are not concerned with people who identify as transgender committing sexual assault but, instead, that allowing anyone to enter a restroom of their choice permits easy access for sexual offenders.

“This issue is not about bathrooms; if that were the case, the left would work for transgender use of already-in-effect “family” restrooms. “Gender identity” laws allow for more government interference and increase unnecessary lawsuits as we are already seeing in North Carolina.

“However, the biggest issue is the safety of women and children. Thirty-three percent of rape or sexual assault incidents to female victims were perpetrated on school property or in a public area such as a commercial venue. In addition, there are over 840,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S. and its territories who would, under these laws, be allowed in public women’s restrooms.

“Concerned Women for America will continue to fight for the safety of the general public. We will not stand by as political correctness puts our children in harm’s way.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at or 712-269-1724.

CWA’s CEO and President Calls on All Americans to Support North Carolina

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Dear Friend,

My phone has been ringing with urgent calls from state leaders in North Carolina, pleading for help from Concerned Women for America (CWA).

These brave leaders stepped up for common sense by passing a simple, much-needed law preventing transgendered men from sharing a public restroom, locker room, or shower facility with your wife, daughter, or mother … and vice versa.

But the radical Left and the gay lobby are now up in arms, pushing America’s top companies like Apple, Google, Pepsi, and others to pull their businesses out of the state unless the bathroom law is repealed.

Make no mistake – this is corporate blackmail.

That’s why North Carolina leaders are pleading for our help … and why I am urging you to join me and send a letter to the CEOs of some of America’s top companies, telling them you support this commonsense legislation!

Please don’t delay. Act today!


Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America