North Carolina Repeals Bathroom Bill: Businesses, Sports Organizations Leave State, Hurting Economy

The governing body of college sports decided that it would take all pre-scheduled championship events out of the state until at least 2022 if the law was not revised. She complained that transgender people were left out of the negotiations.

Cooper was elected in November on a platform that called for repeal of HB2, which was enacted under the man he defeated, Republican Gov.

On Thursday, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to repeal the controversial House Bill 2 law, which said that transgender people would have to use the bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said Thursday that the NCAA's board of governors will decide next week if it will again consider North Carolina venues as host sites for future championship events.

"We'll just have to see how that plays out", Swofford said at the time.

Human Rights Campaign, Equality North Carolina and others said a complete HB2 repeal - nothing else - was the only solution. If the House approves it, it will go to Governor Cooper, who is expected to sign it. He said that process could take several days or more.

The stakes are high.

The governor told reporters the law was imperfect but said Thursday's action would help begin repairing North Carolina's damaged reputation.

The NCAA threatened to reject North Carolina's bids to host more than 100 events if the state failed to repeal HB2.

"We should be morally and ethically outraged that it is okay in the state of North Carolina to offer up an entire people on the alter of deflection politics as long as we have the illusion that our wallets are going to be okay and our revenue is going to be okay", says Liam Hooper, who traveled from Winston-Salem to protest. "This new bill continues to stand in the way of that", McKinney CEO Brad Brinegar said.

HB2 prompted Deutsche Bank and PayPal Holdings halt expansion plans in the state, and an Associated Press analysis released this week stated the bill would cost North Carolina more than $3.76 billion (3.5 billion euros) in lost business over 12 years.

HB2 supporters argued that the bathroom law was needed to preserve people's privacy and protect them from sexual predators. "We welcome its repeal, but stronger local nondiscrimination laws should not be pre-empted", said the company's chief diversity officer, Lindsay-Rae McIntyre. Entertainers such as Bruce Springsteen and Itzhak Perlman canceled concerts.

Money and politics aside, transgender people remained anxious about their safety. "It was a very, very hard decision for the board to make, and I'm sure the next decision will be very hard as well".

"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.

Contributors include Associated Press writers Emery P. Dalesio and Allen G. Breed in Raleigh.

  • Carolyn Briggs