North Carolina Lawmakers Set to Repeal Controversial Bathroom Bill

Republican state lawmakers struck a deal with the Charlotte City Council.

By Liberty McArtor Published on December 19, 2016

Lawmakers in North Carolina have reached a deal to undo a controversial Charlotte ordinance and repeal HB2 — the law known as the “bathroom bill” signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year.

The Associated Press reported the news Monday afternoon.

HB2, formally the Public Facilities and Privacy Security Act, was signed by McCrory in March, and mandated that individuals use public restrooms corresponding with the gender on their birth certificate, regardless of what gender they currently identify with.

The act was passed by the North Carolina legislature to push back against a Charlotte ordinance that effectually enacted an open bathroom policy in city businesses. Proponents of HB2 said that Charlotte’s ordinance threatened safety and privacy by allowing men in women’s restrooms.

The bill immediately caused a national uproar, with entertainers and sports teams canceling events in the state to protest the bill, taking an economic toll on the state, the AP reported. McCrory also received heavy criticism for signing the bill, losing the gubernatorial election in November by around 10,000 votes to Democrat Roy Cooper. As the AP reported, McCrory was the state’s first sitting governor to lose reelection after being elected to one four-year term.

“This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor’s race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state,” McCrory said.

State Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore shared his sentiments, saying that the “efforts to force men into women’s bathrooms and shower facilities was a political stunt to drive out-of-state money into the governor’s race.”

The Charlotte City Council voted Monday morning to undo the ordinance as long as state lawmakers promised to repeal HB2 by December 31. 

“The Charlotte City Council recognizes the ongoing negative economic impact resulting from the passage of the City’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance and the State’s House Bill 2,” the Council wrote in a press release Monday, adding that HB2 “’supersede(s) and preempt(s)’ the City’s Ordinance.” 

“In order to continue thriving as an inclusive community and compete for high paying jobs and world-class events, the City and State must take action together to restore our collective reputation,” the press release continued.

Both Berger and Moore told Governor-elect Cooper that the bill would be repealed “in full,” the AP reported.

“I hope they will keep their word to me,” he said in a statement.

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