North Carolina Republican Lawmakers Reach Compromise With Governor to Repeal Bathroom Bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican lawmakers in North Carolina announced on Wednesday night that they have reached a compromise with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to repeal the state’s bathroom bill while still protecting bodily privacy. The controversial announcement has pleased some and concerned others who believe that there should be no compromises.

“Compromise requires give and take from all sides, and we are pleased this proposal fully protects bathroom safety and privacy,” majority leaders Tim Moore and Phil Berger said in a statement.

H.B. 142 would repeal H.B. 2 and replace it with new language that gives power to the state to regulate restroom use. Berger says that the move would still protect “privacy in bathrooms and shower facilities by leaving regulation of multi-occupancy facilities to the state, returning to the status quo prior to passage of Charlotte’s bathroom ordinance.”

“State agencies, boards, offices, departments, institutions, branches of government, including the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System, and political subdivisions of the state, including local boards of education, are preempted from regulation of access to multiple occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities, except in accordance with an act of the General Assembly,” the proposal reads.

The bill also prohibits local municipalities from passing restroom regulations until 2020, as the Charlotte city council had done, which prompted the passage of H.B. 2 in the first place. Berger says that this allows time for the matter to play out in the federal government.

As previously reported, H.B. 2 required those who identify as the opposite sex to present their birth certificate before using public restrooms that correlate with their “gender identity.” Then-Gov. Pat McCrory 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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However, corporations such as PayPal still pulled out of plans for expansion in the state as a form of protest. Nearly 70 other corporations, including Apple, Dropbox, eBay, IBM, Microsoft, NIKE, Morgan Stanley, Etsy, Levi Strauss, American Airlines, Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International, also joined an amicus brief in support of having the law struck down in court.

Cooper, who refused to defend the law in court when serving as attorney general, blasted the statute as being a “stain on the reputation of our great state.” An effort to repeal the regulation failed in December.

But Cooper expressed support for H.B. 142’s compromise on Wednesday, which was made following reported closed-door meetings.

“It’s not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation,” he said.

The North Carolina Chamber of Commerce also backed the move.

“The North Carolina Chamber thanks House and Senate leadership and the Governor for coming together on a bipartisan basis to find a solution, we encourage members of the House and Senate to support House Bill 142,” President Lew Ebert said in a statement.

However, transgender advocacy groups repudiated the proposed bill, opining that it does not go far enough.

“This ‘deal” does NOT repeal #HB2. It’s simply another version of H.B. 2 dressed up in a way desperate lawmakers hope will save state’s economy,” Tweeted Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “Any ally of the LGBTQ community cannot support this new version of #HB2. There will be political consequences for those who do, Democrat and Republican.”

Christian groups also rejected the move, but for different reasons. The North Carolina Family Policy Council and the North Carolina Values Coalition believe legislators should retain H.B. 2 and not compromise.

“This repeal of H.B. 2 will not solve anything!” the Coalition said in a statement. “It will never be good public policy to allow men into women’s and little girl’s bathrooms and showers. H. B. 2 guarantees that won’t happen, and it provides reasonable accommodation for a small minority of transgender people.”

The group opined that lawmakers were “scurrying to make concessions just to appease the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association)” and that “[i]f the State succumbs to this new form of economic and corporate extortion, North Carolina will be establishing a precedent and illustrating a template for future corporate extortion efforts on any number of legislative issues.”

The bill cleared a Senate committee on Thursday morning and will therefore proceed to the full Senate. It could be voted on in both houses by the end of the day and be sent to Cooper’s desk.

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  • Johndoe

    Good for NC! Best thing that could have happened.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    No Bible = No truth = No morality = No freedom = No lawfulness…

    • Johndoe

      Wrong again. Your bible isn’t needed for truth, morality, freedom, or law. We have those things without it.

  • Michael C

    It’s still legal in all of North Carolina for businesses to refuse housing, employment, and public accommodations (service at stores and restaurants) just because someone is gay or transgender?

    North Carolina still prohibits local governments from enacting ordinances to protect their gay and transgender citizens from discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations?

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Rejection of sins is not discrimination. Sodomic Western whites and their mental slaves should not confuse skin colors and sexual sins or oppress the Christians. Those two are different things.

      • Copyleft

        The word “sin” has no place in any discussion of legislation in the United States, because it also has no meaning. Our country is run on the Constitution, not the Bible.

        And thank God for that.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          Then the USA is wrong. Now the evil is stronger than the good in the USA because Americans are drugged and make the evil equal with the good.

          • RWH

            If we’re so bad, don’t come and live here. You will be quite unhappy because we’re not going to run things according to your definition of how things should be run. We’re not interested in a state church.

        • Jason Todd

          So there’s no such thing as wrong? Is that what you are saying?

          • Johndoe

            Nope…just no such thing as sin.

          • Sharon_at_home

            So there is nothing bad that people can do?

          • Johndoe

            There is right and wrong, but since I don’t believe in any gods…sin doesn’t exist.

          • Copyleft

            You’re confusing ‘wrong’ with one religion’s doctrines under the heading of “sin.” Of course right and wrong exist; but religions have nothing useful to say on the subject when it comes to legislation.

          • Jason Todd

            Except where the concept of right and wrong comes from.

          • Copyleft

            Wait… you think concepts of right and wrong require a religion? Snicker… You think ideas of ethics and morality were absent until people invented religious myths? You’re SERIOUS? Wow. That’s hilarious.

          • Jason Todd

            Yes, ethics and morality come from God.

            You think it’s all a myth, until you stand before Him.

          • Copyleft

            That’s what you heard, huh? Well, it makes for a nice story. Me, I prefer reality.

          • Jason Todd

            As do I. Which is why I am not so cocky to think there’s no God.

        • Amos Moses

          “The word “sin” has no place in any discussion of legislation”

          wow … how totalitarian and intolerant of you ……

          “Our country is run on the Constitution, not the Bible.”

          hmmmm ….. would seem you think the constitution IS the bible ………

          “And thank God for that.”

          WOW ……….. complete and UTTER self refuting nonsense compared to the previous comments …………

          • Copyleft

            You can blame the First Amendment, which specifically prevents the legislature from passing religious laws. Don’t like it? Feel free to move to a theocracy.

          • Amos Moses

            you live in a theocracy ….. you just fail to recognize who is in charge of it ….. and the first amendment does not mean what you think it means …

            Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story –

            § 1871. The real object of the (1st) amendment was, not to countenance, much less to advance Mahometanism, or Judaism, or infidelity (Atheism), by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects, and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment, which should give to an hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government. It thus cut off the means of religious persecution, (the vice and pest of former ages,) and of the subversion of the rights of conscience in matters of religion, which had been trampled upon almost from the days of the Apostles to the present age. The history of the parent country had afforded the most solemn warnings and melancholy instructions on this head; and even New England, the land of the persecuted puritans, as well as other colonies, where the Church of England had maintained its superiority, would furnish out a chapter, as full of the darkest bigotry and intolerance, as any, which could be found to disgrace the pages of foreign annals. Apostacy, heresy, and nonconformity had been standard crimes for public appeals, to kindle the flames of persecution, and apologize for the most atrocious triumphs over innocence and virtue.

          • Michael C

            Joseph Story was 12 years old when the First Amendment was adopted.

          • Amos Moses

            Ruth Bader Ginsberg was not even born when it was adopted ……. and the relevance of that comment ……. thats right ….. it is IRrelevant …………..

          • Luminous

            Is 12 too young for you?

    • SFBruce

      The short answer to your excellent questions: yes and yes. It’s not really a repeal, and should be rejected.

    • Jason Todd

      So what if it does? You need a tissue?

    • Vince

      old bore

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Godless Ex-christian West’s new slavery agenda is making mankind endorse homosexuality and transgenderism unconditionally. Once bent to falsehood, man is always a slave to villains. Once before an educated Christendom, today’s Western culture has a slave’s mentality drugged and saturated by immorality. The West therefore the entire world needs the Holy Bible for the truth and freedom, as always has been. Christians alone are the free people by the truth. If Christians are not free to reject wrong-doings, it means that such society follows no truth or has freedom. The Westerners should repent of the decades-long blasphemy and wake up. Everyone commits barbarism apart from Judeo-Christian teachings.

    • RWH

      It’s a crying shame that we stupid Americans can’t live up to your standards.

      • Amos Moses

        agree …. but it would be nice if they had ANY standard at all ……………

    • Johndoe

      Your rants make me laugh. You haven’t a clue about America. We do just fine without christianity.