Minute-by-minute House Bill 2 repeal updates

North Carolina on Thursday repealed a contentious law restricting transgender people's use of public bathrooms in a bid to end a year-long controversy, but LGBT rights groups warned that a substitute measure still allows for discrimination. Gay and transgender rights activists complained that the measure still denies them protection from discrimination, and they are demanding nothing less than full repeal.

HB2 has prompted businesses to halt expansions and entertainers and sports organizations to cancel or move events, including the NBA All-Star game in Charlotte. An Associated Press analysis this week found that HB2 already will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years.

"Compromise is hard for both sides, but we are pleased this proposal fully protects safety and privacy by keeping men out of women's bathrooms, and removes the distraction of HB2 from North Carolina's success story of outpacing the rest of the United States in job growth", state Senate President Phil Berger said in a statement.

In Tennessee, a bathroom bill died in a Senate committee without a debate.

It also prohibits local governments from enacting non-discrimination ordinances concerning private employment practices or public accommodations until December 1, 2020. Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, declined to say whether lawmakers plan to quickly use this authority.

"One year after HB2 was introduced and signed into law in just 12 hours, it is shameful that legislative leaders and North Carolina's governor are once again rushing through a discriminatory anti-LGBT measure without proper vetting or an opportunity for public input", said Sarah Gillooly, policy director for the ACLU of North Carolina.

Barring the Charlotte ordinance that sparked the debate, there were no laws regarding bathroom usage.

Cooper acknowledged that the deadline amounted to huge pressure on Republican lawmakers to repeal the bathroom bill, or face the embarrassment of an NCAA boycott. His support will soon be proven as the bill, House Bill 142, makes its next and final stop on his desk.

The new law eliminates a rule on transgender bathroom use.

Emmert says the NCAA delayed it site selection process for the 2018-22 cycle to allow North Carolina lawmakers as much time as possible to address HB2.

The group had come out strongly against the deal in a series of tweets earlier Thursday, calling on the NCAA to reject the deal and not "settle for this fake repeal".

"It's interesting North Carolina is being singled out (by those opposing HB142) here because the federal law is the same, as are a majority of states", he said.

Since its passage in March 2016, the law drew substantial criticism - as well as a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice - and has come close to repeal on a few occasions.

North Carolina is about to repeal its controversial bathroom bill. "Instead, they're reinforcing the worst aspects of the law", he said in a statement.

"The consequences of this hateful law will only continue without full repeal of HB2".

Under threat of losing NCAA games through 2022, North Carolina lawmakers have repealed the anti-LGBTI law known as HB2. Five states plus numerous cities prohibit travel to North Carolina for public employees and representatives of public institutions, which could include student-athletes and campus athletics staff.

SIMMONS: I know folks who have family members who have been personally affected by businesses that are not coming to North Carolina.

However, there were a number of opponents to Thursday's deal - mostly progressives unhappy with making what they consider a watered-down and ineffectual deal involving the civil rights of the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population.

"I think the people in Raleigh are playing politics with a reputation that North Carolina worked decades to earn, and they're blowing it", said John Cohen, a Greensboro businessman who has held season tickets to North Carolina basketball for years.

  • Julie Sanders