It’s time to celebrate! It looks like North Carolina will finally be getting rid of the anti-LGBT House Bill 2 in a super speedy fashion.
The NC Bathroom Bill which went into effect in March of this year has done nothing good for the state or for the LGBT community. Due to the bathroom bill, numerous businesses, musical acts, and entertainers have abandoned the state, taking jobs and money away with them.
The legislators have been asked to reconvene on Wednesday for a special session devoted to repealing HB2.
“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 … to repeal HB2 in full,” said new Governor-elect Roy Cooper.
He continued by saying: ““Full repeal will help to bring jobs, sports and entertainment events back and will provide the opportunity for strong LGBT protections in our state.”
House Bill 2 became infamous because it allowed businesses to openly discriminate against LGBT individuals and also required trans people to use the bathroom corresponding to their birth certificates rather than their gender identity.
Human Rights Commission President Chad Griffin said: “Governor-elect Cooper has briefed us on a deal he brokered with state lawmakers to reach a complete and total repeal of HB2.”
He continued: “HB2 is precisely why North Carolinians went to the polls and ousted Governor McCrory last month. It’s time to chart a new course guided by the state’s values of dignity and respect, not discrimination and hate — and to ensure non-discrimination protections exist in cities, towns and across the state of North Carolina.”