March 30, 2017
The North Carolina legislature has just passed a bill purporting to repeal HB2. The bill seems to do no such thing and advocates are pushing back on the characterization of the bill as a repeal:
The North Carolina legislature approved legislation Thursday that would repeal a controversial law that bars people from using the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity, while adding provisions to block nondiscrimination protections. The compromise on HB2 reached by lawmakers was quickly criticized by LGBTQ groups.
The bill now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper (D), who helped negotiate the deal and is expected to sign it.
“The initiative is not a repeal,” said Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC. “It’s doubling down on the discrimination that HB2 exacts ― it’s HB2.0.”
“It doesn’t do anything to better the lives of LGBT North Carolinians,” he continued.
Lambda Legal, who’s involved in legal challenges to HB2, elaborated on the bill’s problems:
The new bill bars any protections for transgender people using restrooms or other facilities in schools or other state or local government buildings. This means schools, court houses, city halls, government agencies, and more cannot allow transgender people to use the right restroom.
It also prevents cities from passing any protections for employment discrimination or discrimination by places of public accommodation — for LGBT people or anyone — until 2020.
“This is not a repeal of HB 2. Instead, they’re reinforcing the worst aspects of the law,” said James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT Project. “North Carolina lawmakers should be ashamed of this backroom deal that continues to play politics with the lives of LGBT North Carolinians.”
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The governor will decide whether to sign or veto the bill.
UPDATE: There’s skepticism about the language in the bill related to bathrooms.
UPDATE 2: The governor signed the bill.