Effort to Repeal North Carolina Bill Requiring Restroom Use to Align With Birth Certificate Fails

RALEIGH, N.C. — An effort to repeal a North Carolina bill that required residents using government restrooms to utilize the lavatory that correlates with their birth certificate failed on Wednesday.

According to reports, Republican lawmakers debated throughout the day over whether to repeal the bill in full or to repeal parts of it, while Democrats accused Republicans of reneging their promises to do away with the law. Republicans also blamed Democrats for unanimously rejecting a version of a repeal bill that banned cities from passing new restroom-related ordinances within the next six months.

“Make no mistake: Roy Cooper and Senate Democrats killed the repeal of H.B. 2, abandoning Roy Cooper’s commitment to avoid divisive social issues by shooting down a temporary cooling off period on ordinances like the one that got us into this mess last March,” Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said in a statement.

“Their action proves they only wanted a repeal in order to force radical social engineering and shared bathrooms across North Carolina, at the expense of our state’s families, our reputation and our economy,” he asserted.

But Democratic Gov.-elect Cooper chastised Republican leadership over the bill’s failure.

“Today, the legislature had a chance to do the right thing for North Carolina, and they failed,” he said in a press conference. “I am disappointed that Republican legislative leaders failed to live up to their promise to fully repeal House Bill 2.”

“I am disappointed for the people of North Carolina for the jobs that people won’t have,” he added, referring to corporations like PayPal pulling out of expansion plans in protest of the law. “I am disappointed that we have yet to remove the stain on the reputation of our great state that is around this country and around the world.”

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Conversely, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest had expressed prior to the vote that it would be unwise to repeal the measure.

“No economic, political or ideological pressure can convince me that what is wrong is right,” he declared. “It will always be wrong for men to have access to women’s showers and bathrooms. If H.B. 2 is repealed, there will be nothing on the books to prevent another city or county to take us down this path again.”

As previously reported, Berger had agreed to call a special session to repeal the state’s “bathroom bill” after council members in Charlotte voted on Monday to rescind a controversial city ordinance, passed in February, that prompted the state law in the first place. Current Gov. Pat McCrory expressed suspicion over Democrats’ motivations, but agreed to ask the General Assembly to hold the session.

“As promised, I called a special session to reconsider a manufactured political issue that strategically targeted the city of Charlotte and our state by well-funded left-wing interest groups. This was at least the third time that pressure from the left sabotaged bipartisan good faith agreements for political purposes,” he remarked on Wednesday.

The law at issue required those who identify as the opposite sex to present their birth certificate before using government restrooms that correlate with their “gender identity.” McCrory had defended the law as being reasonable since transgenders could have their birth certificate changed and would then be permitted to use their preferred restroom.

“Businesses are not limited by this bill. Private individuals, companies and universities can adopt new or keep existing nondiscrimination policies,” his office also noted. “[I]f a privately-owned sporting facility wants to allow attendees of sporting events to use the restroom of their choice, or install unisex bathrooms, they can. The law neither requires nor prohibits them from doing so.”


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  • Nidalap

    I guess they just didn’t want to get voted out of office! 🙂

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    God created only two genders and each person’s birth gender is the only correct one. Americans shouldn’t endanger women and children by letting men into women’s restrooms; it’s Post-christian barbarism. Freedom and equality must submit to the truth to be right.

    • johndoe

      Nobody is being endangered. Nice histrionics

      • Per Pedersen

        Off course they are endangered. Wake up. Not all men are nice men as we have seen in Europe for quite a while now – coming soon to America, if Trump doesn’t stop it.

      • Jason Todd

        Lie of the day.

        • johndoe

          Proof?

          • Jason Todd

            Reese Hartstirn
            Ricky Blake Thompson
            James Thomas Shoemaker
            Sean Patrick Smith

            That’s just four. From this year. Want me to be exhaustive?

          • johndoe

            And they would be?

          • Jason Todd

            Sexual predators caught in womens’ restrooms.

            But you already knew that.

          • johndoe

            Are they gay men or transmen?

          • Jason Todd

            They are men. That is the only thing that’s relevant.

            Your misogyny is showing.

          • johndoe

            LOL! Im not misogynistic ! Exactly, men illegally in womens restrooms. Your point?

          • Jason Todd

            Men do not belong in public restrooms/dressing rooms designated for the opposite sex.

            End of story.

          • johndoe

            Maybe the end of your story…lol! You’re going to get your way sonny.

          • Jason Todd

            Thanks for letting me know you hate women.

          • johndoe

            I dont. Have 2 daughters and married 17yrs. Next?

          • Jason Todd

            And?

          • Michael C

            Okay, how many of these incidents were a result of laws or policies allowing transgender people use the sex-segregated facilities matching their gender identities?

            I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with zero.

          • Jason Todd

            Until you run Smith’s name through Google with “Target restroom.”

            Then you get an answer that rhymes with liar.

          • Michael C

            That specific incident didn’t occur in the bathroom. It occurred in the fitting room.

            Are you aware that most Target fitting rooms are unisex?

          • Jason Todd

            Not the point. The policy applies to both. Which you knew.

  • Michael C

    In North Carolina, as well as the vast majority of the rest of the country, it is 100% legal for businesses to deny people employment, housing, and public accommodations just because they’re gay or transgender.

    This whole thing started when the city of Charlotte elected to add the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity to their existing list of “protected classes” in their local non-discrimination laws. The city of Charlotte decided that gay and transgender women and men were deserving of protections from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

    When this local ordinance passed, the state legislature immediately called a special session to create and pass HB2. HB2 requires that people use bathrooms in government buildings according to the sex on their birth certificate. Transgender people who have legally changed their gender are still permitted to use the bathroom that matches their identity. HB2 also prohibit local governments from enacting local laws to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination. HB2 makes it illegal for cities to stop businesses from firing employees just because they’re gay or denying people housing just because they’re gay or refusing people service at stores and restaurants just because they’re gay.

    HB2 was passed to ensure that businesses would remain able to refuse employment, housing, and public accommodations to gay and transgender men and women.

    Recently, the State promised that they would repeal HB2 if Charlotte repealed their local law protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination. Charlotte held up their end of the bargain, the State did not.

    • Oboehner

      I agree with it being legal to choose your employee based on someone’s mental state, after all the business is your responsibility. “Public accommodations” in the form of restrooms is also a no brainer, someone who has to relieve themselves can do so in the gendered bathroom correlating to their physical make up.

      • Michael C

        I agree with it being legal to choose your employee based on someone’s mental state

        It sure sounds like this “mental state” reasoning could also be used for businesses who would want to fire an employee on the basis of their religious beliefs. Would you agree?

        someone who has to relieve themselves can do so in the gendered bathroom correlating to their physical make up.

        Do you believe that men like Michael Hughes (#wejustneedtopee), Aydian Dowling, Ben Melzer, or Dade Barlow should use the same restrooms as women and little girls?

        This is an honest question. I would really like to know your opinion.

        • Oboehner

          “fire an employee on the basis of their religious beliefs” if those beliefs caused a problem, most definitely.
          I believe they should use the restroom in the mental facility.

        • Amos Moses

          “#wejustneedtopee”

          then why cant they just shut up and do it ….. it is not the 99.5% who are in angst over where they pee ……… it is the microminority making all the fuss …. pick a room, pick a stall, sit down, and SHUT UP AND PEE ……. no …. the problem is they want to make a statement about their self-centered lives and where they choose to evacuate …………

    • Jason Todd

      Stop. You know good and well nobody is talking about that, nobody is arguing it. It’s all about having a grown man being able to use a public restroom with a six-year-old girl because he happens to be wearing a dress.

      Which is what you favor. You haven’t said otherwise, merely tried to change the subject.

      • Trilemma

        Thanks to HB2 any grown man is able to use a public restroom with a six-year-old girl just by claiming to be a trans man who was born female.

      • Michael C

        You know good and well nobody is talking about that, nobody is arguing it.

        That is false. HB2 specifically nullified Charlotte’s ordinance protecting gay and transgender men and women from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations and it specifically prohibits any other local government from enacting laws to protect their gay citizens from these types of discrimination either.

        If you’re unaware of this fact, you need to go back and read the actual law.

        If this was just about bathrooms, why did the state legislature make it illegal for local governments to protect their gay citizens from discrimination?

        Men do not belong in the women’s room. Only cisgender and transgender women belong in the ladies room. Non-discrimination laws don’t legalize sexual assault. That’s a ridiculous claim.

        From my perspective, it sure sounds like you you’d like to require six year old girls to have to share bathrooms with men like Michael Hughes (#wejustneedtopee), Aydian Dowling, Ben Melzer, and Dade Barlow. I think that’s ridiculous.

        • Jason Todd

          That is false.

          “Effort to Repeal North Carolina Bill Requiring Restroom Use to Align With Birth Certificate Fails”

          And so do you.

          Men do not belong in the women’s room. Only cisgender and transgender women belong in the ladies room.

          Oxymoron. “Cisgender” females are biological females. “Transgender women” are biological men. Which is it, Michael? Either you want men in the women’s restroom/dressing room or you don’t.

          • Michael C

            “Effort to Repeal North Carolina Bill Requiring Restroom Use to Align With Birth Certificate Fails”

            Um what? That doesn’t disprove a single thing I’ve said.

            Either you want men in the women’s restroom/dressing room or you don’t.

            Men belong in the men’s room. I’m a man, I belong in the men’s room. Men like Michael Hughes (#wejustneedtopee), Aydian Dowling, Ben Melzer, and Dade Barlow belong in the men’s room.

            It would be inappropriate for these men to use the ladies’ room, don’t you agree?

        • TheBottomline4This

          “Men do not belong in the women’s room. Only cisgender and transgender women belong in the ladies room.”
          You really don’t know how you sound in saying this do you Mikey. Trans “women” are men and always will be. They do not belong in the women’s restroom, showers, etc. They need to accept and be tolerant of who they were born. Even those who are born with a birth defect i.e. hermaphrodite can know who they were born and should live as Specialists can perform an ultrasound, blood test, chromosome analysis, and even do exploratory surgery to find out the baby’s true sex.

          • Michael C

            Are you aware that, even with HB2 in place, transgender women can still use the women’s restrooms in North Carolina?

            Are you aware that HB2 doesn’t even prohibit transgender women and men from using the appropriate restrooms?

          • Amos Moses

            pick a room, pick a stall, sit down, and SHUT UP AND PEE ……. no …. the problem is they want to make a statement about their self-centered lives and where they choose to evacuate …………

          • TheBottomline4This

            To your first question…the trans “women” is a man. So he shouldn’t be in the ladies room to begin with. He is mentally ill and needs to accept and be tolerant of who he was born. Same with the trans “man”.
            To your second question…the word appropriate is key. Those born male should use the men’s room, those born female should use the ladies room. But again, they are not accepting reality and fact that who they were born IS who they are. They are intolerant of that fact.

  • TheBottomline4This

    🙂