Lawmakers reach agreement to repeal North Carolina 'bathroom bill'

The repeal compromise comes a few days after the NCAA gave the state an ultimatum to repeal the law by noon today or be excluded from consideration for championship sites from 2018 to 2022. "This is too important and we can't throw in the towel on this".

Though HB2 was repealed in the late-night agreement, regulation of multi-occupancy toilets would be left up to the state, and local authorities won't be able to pass anti-LGBT-discrimination laws until December 2020.

"This is a dirty deal", said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. Sellouts cave under pressure. "There is no time to waste - our leaders must fight for what's right, and that is full repeal".

Berger said Cooper backed out of that plan.

HB 2 bans cities, towns and counties from passing nondiscrimination ordinances. HB2 supporters say ordinances like the one in Charlotte make it easy for sexual predators to enter public restrooms designated for the opposite sex.

N.C. Values Coalition urged supporters to tell legislators "that a vote to repeal N.C.'s privacy law puts children and families in North Carolina at risk of losing their privacy and safety". And it has a "conscience" clause for people with religious objections.

North Carolina's Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders have reached what they call a compromise on the anti-LGBT HB2 and they want lawmakers to vote Thursday to approve it.

Cooper said in a statement late Wednesday he supports the compromise.

NAIOP North Carolina, which represents developers and brokers in Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham and the Triad, said the bill under discussion "allows our state to recover from the economic damage suffered over the past year".

The General Assembly will consider the bill this morning starting at 9:15 a.m.

The bill is in the Senate Rules Committee.

"It's been a very long day for all of us", House Speaker Tim Moore said. A recent analysis from the Associated Press (AP) estimated that the bill would lose the state $3.76bn (£3bn) - adding that that was "likely an underestimation of the law's true costs". North Carolina cities, schools and other groups have offered more than 130 bids for such events.

The NCAA had previously pulled all championship events in 2016 and 2017 from the state.

Governor Cooper even described the compromise as "not a flawless deal", while disgraced former governor Pat McCrory voiced support for it. Cooper's office said issues still needed to be worked out, including a religious freedom provision that Democrats would not accept. Hoever, the House has adjourned for the night and politicians are still discussing the deal in caucuses.

Updated 10:37 p.m.

Mr Cooper beat Republican Pat McCrory, who had signed the law, in an election in December.

HB2 requires transgender people to use bathrooms based on their birth certificate and not by the gender in which they identify.

Some of the state's most prominent sports figures spoke out against the bill, while the National Basketball Association moved the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte and the NCAA moved the ACC championship game to Orlando. But there's no way to account for businesses who made similar decisions behind closed doors without issuing news releases about it.

  • Arturo Norris