North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.
In response to PayPal's decision to not open an operations center in Charlotte, N.C. that would employ 400 people because of the state's new law requiring people to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their biological gender, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest said if the new law protects one child or one woman "from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it." He added that despite the job losses, North Carolina does not put "a price tag on the value of our children."
"If our action in keeping men out of women's bathrooms and showers protected the life of just one child or one woman from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it," said Lt. Gov. Forest in a statement following PayPal's announcement on April 5.
"North Carolina will never put a price tag on the value of our children," he said. "They are precious and priceless."
PayPal CEO Dan Schulman. (AP)
"If a corporation wanting to do business in North Carolina does not see the worth of our children in the same light, then I wish them well as they do business somewhere else."
PayPal is a pro-LGBT company, and in an April 5 statement, CEO Dan Schulman said the North Carolina law "perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte."
"This decision reflects PayPal’s deepest values and our strong belief that every person has the right to be treated equally, and with dignity and respect," said Schulman. "These principles of fairness, inclusion and equality are at the heart of everything we seek to achieve and stand for as a company. And they compel us to take action to oppose discrimination."
"While we will seek an alternative location for our operations center, we remain committed to working with the LGBT community in North Carolina to overturn this discriminatory legislation, alongside all those who are committed to equality," said the PayPal CEO.
The new law in North Carolina, House Bill 2, passed in the General Assembly on March 23 by a vote 82-26. It basically says that biological males have to use men's rooms and biological females have to use women's rooms. It also creates an accomodation for transgener people. The law allows for "single-stall, unisex bathrooms, anywhere that you want to place them," said Lt. Gov. Forest in an interview on Radio America.
Forest added, “If you go fully through the process of being a transsexual, then go get your birth certificate changed and you go to whatever bathroom you are assigned at that point based on your birth certificate."