North Carolina Poised to Repeal Anti-LGBTQ "Bathroom Bill"

October 1, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

North Carolina lawmakers are poised to repeal the anti-LGBTQ “bathroom bill,” the state’s incoming Democratic governor said Monday.

Governor-elect Roy Cooper said a special legislative assembly will convene Tuesday to address the bill, known as HB2, which requires transgender people to use public facilities that correspond to their biological sex, rather than their gender identity. The bill also prohibits municipalities from creating nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people at the local level.

It comes in response to a surprise move by the Charlotte City Council to rescind a non-discrimination ordinance with the ultimatum that the state legislature repeals HB2 by December 31.

“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,” Cooper said Monday. “I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB2 will be repealed in full.”

HB2, signed into law in March by Republican Governor Pat McCrory, prompted a grassroots boycott of North Carolina, costing the state millions of dollars in corporate investments, as well as thousands of jobs, according to some estimates.