Four of five Pitt lawmakers OK repeal
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 11:28
The bill forces transgender individuals to use restrooms and locker rooms in schools and other government buildings that match the gender that's printed on their birth certificate as well as discriminated gay and transgender people from discrimination protections.
Cooper, who narrowly defeated McCrory last fall on a platform that included repealing House Bill 2, admitted in a written statement that the deal is far from ideal, but said "it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to fix our reputation".
It also bars cities and school districts from enacting their own anti-discrimination rules until 2020, a compromise that drew harsh criticism from civil rights groups and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people.
The passing of HB2 led to the 2017 NBA All-Star Game being moved from Charlotte to New Orleans, the first-round games in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament being moved from Greensboro to Greenville, S.C., and the ACC's football championship game being moved from Charlotte to Orlando.
Legislators have been eager to roll back the year-old law, which is estimated to have already cost the Tar Heel State millions of dollars in lost business, including from the cancellation of major sports events. Civil rights groups opposed the deal because of that provision.
A deal that North Carolina lawmakers reached to repeal the state's controversial and costly "bathroom bill" cleared the state's legislature Thursday after contentious debate, but the compromise has left LGBTQ advocates exasperated - with some calling it "shameful" and an "outrageous betrayal".
Cooper, a staunch opponent of the bathroom law who took office in January, said the compromise was a step in the right direction.
SHAPIRO: That's Jeff Tiberii of member station WUNC speaking with us from the North Carolina state capital of Raleigh.
The controversial measure, HB2, was signed into law past year and led to widespread backlash against the state. Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger called the new deal to repeal HB2 a "significant compromise". The North Carolina Values Coalition, a Raleigh-based organization that identifies as "pro-life" and "pro-family", released a statement on Thursday saying that "the leaders of our State have let the people of North Carolina down" in response to "a full-court press" by the NCAA and the business community. It implements a temporary moratorium on local ordinances similar to Charlotte's until December 1, 2020, to allow federal litigation to play out.
"After more than a year of inaction, today North Carolina lawmakers doubled-down on discrimination", said a statement from Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. HB2 legalized discrimination, cost jobs and hurt our reputation here in the state.
Republicans have been taking heat from social conservatives who want to keep HB2 on the books.
Emmert said the NCAA's board of directors the association's ultimate ruling body composed of mostly university presidents will meet over the next several days with legal analysts. In addition to the bathroom restrictions, the law also limits localities' ability to pass nondiscrimination protections and minimum wage measures. "Instead, it institutes a statewide prohibition on equality by banning non-discrimination protections across North Carolina and fuels the flames of anti-transgender hate". We should note that this is something that had not previously been spelled out directly in state law.
HB2 was passed last March under former Gov. "It's not a flawless deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to fix our reputation".
Critics complain that the repeal does not ensure transgender people access to bathrooms and other facilities in accordance with their gender identity. So when Charlotte repealed what they did, in essence they made HB2 not needed any more.