Roy Cooper Signs North Carolina's Shameful HB2 Repeal Into Law
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 23:20
HB2 was created to block a Charlotte non-discrimination ordinance, part of which allowed transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identify with and required people to use the restroom according to their biological sex listed on their birth certificate in government buildings, schools, and universities.
In response to HB2, the NCAA relocated seven of its sanctioned championship events out of North Carolina over the past year, including first-round games of this men's basketball tournament being moved from Greensboro to Greenville, South Carolina.
But LGBT activists have denounced the new legislation, which they say would still allow discrimination by leaving the state in charge of determining which public bathrooms transgender individuals can access and barring municipalities for several years from passing local laws to protect people from discrimination.
The NCAA board of governors will meet to decide early next week whether to return events to North Carolina, according to NCAA President Mark Emmert.
The compromise bill became law in large part because of a Thursday deadline set by the NCAA for the state to be eligible to host championships over the next five years.
North Carolina legislators announced Wednesday night they reached an agreement with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on a repeal of the law to end the standoff over the state's "bathroom bill".
Chris Sgro, executive director of the gay-rights group Equality North Carolina, said the repeal "keeps North Carolina as the only state in the country obsessed with where trans people use the restroom through law". "Instead, they're reinforcing the worst aspects of the law", he said in a statement.
North Carolina's rollback of the state's "bathroom bill" doesn't satisfy at least one member of Bruce Springsteen's band, which canceled a concert a year ago over the law that limits LGBT protections.
"There are many wider-ranging impacts across other organizations that are important to us", Brown said.
State Democratic and Republican leaders are declaring that their compromise will restore North Carolina's reputation as a welcoming place to do business.
"I think that stigma will go away", Webster said. It's a state, obviously, that in many ways is synonymous with college sports.
The three-part proposal repeals the law known as House Bill 2. The site selection committees began meeting this week.
"The actions in North Carolina do not affect what we have done in Texas", Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said.
The new law also denies LGBT people state legal protections in other areas such as employment and housing.
"We're going back to square one, and square one was unacceptable".
Cathryn Oakley, the senior legislative counsel for the Human Rights Campaign said lawmakers supporting HB142 were "no ally of LGBTQ people".
People participating in the "air horn" orchestra crticized the Governor and the legislature for acting too quickly on this compromise, saying it still violates civil rights.
Commissioner Adam Silver has said repeatedly that the league will reserve the 2019 All-Star Weekend for Charlotte if sufficient changes are made to HB2.
The NCAA's board is scattered, Emmert said, but "in the next handful of days" it will find a time to meet.