Good News: The NC Legislature Fails to Repeal HB2

Good News: The NC Legislature Fails to Repeal HB2

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Nick Yanakas, Social Policy Contributor

Last Wednesday the North Carolina Legislature convened in a special session for the purpose of repealing HB2; legislation that was adopted in response to an ordinance from the Charlotte City Council. The ordinance passed by the Charlotte City Council added Gay and Transgender people to the list of ‘protected classes’ against discrimination and allowed them to go to the bathroom or locker room of their desire in public facilities in the city. The North Carolina legislature then convened a special session passing HB2 which forbid local governments from passing their own laws regarding transgender and bathroom policies thus nullifying the Charlotte ordinance and ensuring that men would go to the men’s room and women would go to the women’s room.

Since the passage of HB2, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has said that the legislature would convene a special session and repeal HB2 under the condition that the Charlotte City Council repeal the original ordinance that started the conflict in the first place. The Charlotte City Council obliged and repealed the ordinance by a 7-2 vote. That brings us to last Wednesday when the legislature convened, as McCrory promised, with the state senate failing to repeal HB2 by a vote of 32-16 and the house adjourning.

Despite the fact that the efforts failed, McCrory was wrong to promise a repeal-for-a-repeal. By striking down HB2, any city government like Charlotte or Durham could simply pass an ordinance like Charlotte originally did back in March and start this process all over again. Lt. Governor Dan Forest shared the same view, and as such, opposed the repeal of HB2 to ensure a scenario like that wouldn’t unfold. 

Upon the failure of the legislature to repeal HB2, Lt. Governor Forest released the following statement that read in part:

“No economic, political or ideological pressure can convince me that what is wrong is right, It will always be wrong for men to have access to women's showers and bathrooms. If HB2 is repealed, there will be nothing on the books to prevent another city or county to take us down this path again."

On his Facebook page, President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, as well as North Carolina resident, Franklin Graham wrote:

“I’m very thankful for NC Lt. Governor Dan Forest and legislators for protecting women and children from pedophiles and sexual perverts. They have stood strong and resolute for HB 2 to uphold safety and privacy. It should be obvious to everyone—we don’t need men in women’s bathrooms and locker rooms in NC or in any state. The left has already publicly stated the removal of HB 2 is necessary for the rest of their agenda to move forward. Pray for the politicians and legislators fighting this battle for privacy and protection. No matter where you live, let them know in the comments below that you support them.”

Kudos to the North Carolina Legislature and Lt. Governor Dan Forest for doing the right thing and keeping in place these common sense measures to ensure basic privacy and decency are upheld. 

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