North Carolina governor offers ‘compromise’ repealing anti-LGBT law HB2
Democratic governor offers compromise to repeal HB2, hoping to spur Republican support.
Hey, remember HB2 in North Carolina? It’s still not over!
Gov. Roy Cooper, who campaigned on a promise to repeal the anti-LGBT law, has offered a “compromise” in an attempt to get Republicans more on board with repealing it. It includes striking down HB2, enforcing higher penalties for crimes committed in public bathrooms and dressing rooms (which is what Republicans wrongly claim will happen if trans people are allowed to use public bathrooms), and requiring local governments to tell the state government 30 days before adopting their own non-discrimination ordinances.
HB2 says people must use the restroom for the sex shown on their birth certificate when in state or local government buildings. Proponents say that decreases the chances of crimes being committed in those places, while opponents say there have been few instances of people using non-discrimination laws as a cover to commit crimes.
Rumors and comments on social media that other local governments in the state would adopt rules preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual preference or sexual orientation once HB2 was off the books helped kill a proposal to repeal HB2 during a special legislative session in December.
HB2 says local government cannot adopt such rules.
Ugh. North Carolina. I can’t believe this is still going on.