According to the Associated Press, the North Carolina legislature will repeal the state’s controversial anti-LGBT law.
Governor-elect Ray Cooper made the surprise announcement on Monday shortly after the city of Charlotte voted to repeal its own nondiscrimination ordinance. State Republicans have blamed that ordinance for the creation of House Bill 2. Cooper said that he had received assurances that a special session of the state legislature would meet on Tuesday to repeal the law.
‘Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore assured me that as a result of Charlotte’s vote, a special session will be called for Tuesday to repeal HB2 in full. I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB2 will be repealed in full.’
The repeal of Charlotte’s antidiscrimination ordinance is dependent upon the state legislature repealing HB2. Outgoing governor Pat McCrory, who was narrowly defeated in the election, has pledged to call for the special session on Tuesday. However, he complained that Democrats were using the issue as a political football.
‘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.’
HB2 is commonly known as the “bathroom bill” because it requires transgender people to use the restroom of the gender assigned on their birth certificate, but it goes farther than that. It also precludes sexual orientation and gender identity from the state’s antidiscrimination laws.
The law has been a source of trouble for the state since it was passed. It has been cited as one of the reasons for McCroy’s loss and has faced legal challenges from the ACLU and other civil rights organizations. In April, President Obama spoke out against the law.
In addition to the political pressure from the law’s opponents, it also harmed the state economically. Numerous companies have refused to expand due to the state’s anti-LGBT policies. Musicians have canceled concerts, and sporting events have changed venues.
One of the more famous instances of this was when the NBA All-Star-Game pulled out of Charlotte in protest of the HB2.
‘While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.’
In May of this year, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that a civil rights lawsuit had been filed due to the bill. You can watch her statement below:
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