North Carolina 'bathroom bill' reset gets applause and jeers

The new bill assures state and local agencies in North Carolina no longer can regulate bathroom and locker room use, ending the ban on transgender people from using bathrooms for their gender identity. "It's not a flawless deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to fix our reputation".

The men's basketball tournament, perhaps the league's signature event, was already slated for the second in a two-year stay in Brooklyn, New York, before returning to North Carolina in 2019 (Charlotte) and 2020 (Greensboro).

The ACC's Council of Presidents held its vote on Friday, according to the Associated Press, where it came to the conclusion to reconsider North Carolina. ACC commissioner John Swofford previously said the recently passed legislation created an opportunity to "reopen the discussion".

The Democrat signed the bill quickly after it was approved by the House earlier in the day in order to beat the deadline from the NCAA, which threatened to pull all future events from North Carolina until 2022 unless HB2 was repealed.

Even Gov. Roy Cooper said he wished the bill extended LGBT protections even further, but that wasn't possible while the GOP holds veto-proof majorities in both legislative chambers. Pat McCrory, R, signed into law, the infamous House Bill 2. When Cooper signed HB142 into law, it appeared no one was happy.

Among other things, it repeals the best-known provision of HB2: a requirement that transgender people use public restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.

According to CNN, the new bill "effectively maintains a key feature of HB2 by leaving regulation of bathroom access exclusively in control of the Legislature" and "prevents local governments, until December 2020, from passing or amending their own nondiscrimination ordinances relating to private employment and public accommodation".

"This may satisfy the NCAA", Progress NC, an advocacy group, protested, "but many in our state still feel left behind".

State Democratic and Republican leaders say their compromise will restore North Carolina's reputation as a welcoming place to do business, and some business leaders applauded the deal. President Mark Emmert said the NCAA will review the HB2 repeal bill.

And in a statement, the NAACP's North Carolina chapter said, "Fundamentally, any moratorium on civil rights is not a compromise; it is a contradiction with the principle of equal protection under the law and our moral values".

That's been the worst part of dealing with HB2 fallout from the beginning: When you focus on the economic costs, whether it's business or basketball, you forget those costs are imposed on North Carolina because the state hasn't shown it respects people those organizations respect.

North Carolina lawmakers yesterday flushed a controversial "bathroom bill," eliciting cheers from some, and jeers from others.

There are four universities in the ACC that are based in North Carolina. Since then, North Carolina has been buffeted by economic boycotts, job losses and public criticism, as sports leagues have relocated games, companies have canceled expansions and some tourists made a decision to spend their money elsewhere. "Companies that I have talked to, companies that I have recruited, who were hesitant or refusing to bring businesses to our state before the passage of today's bill now are telling me: We are coming".

  • Salvatore Jensen