North Carolina has been under a lot of controversy lately with anger rising over the compromise from groups on both the left and the right. But North Carolina is set to sign a bill that would repeal the controversial law affecting transgender bathroom use in public buildings.
The existing law, known as House Bill 2, unleashed a lot of backlash against the state from companies, entertainers and sports leagues, all of which considered it to be discriminatory.
Multiple high associations like the N.C.A.A. and the NBA have both moved high-profile events from North Carolina due to the controversial House Bill 2.
But both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly voted in favor of a bill on Thursday that would repeal House Bill 2.
The bill already passed through the Senate, 32 to 16, and through the House by a vote of 70 to 48. Now all it needs to become a law is a signature of approval by Gov. Roy Cooper, who has said he supports the bill.
Cooper beat governor Pat McCrory, who had signed House Bill 2, back in November. Cooper said in a brief statement on Wednesday about the new bill:
“Not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation.”
The new compromise did have its oppositions. Representative Deb Butler, one of the state’s few openly gay legislators, said the compromise would not ameliorate “the stigma and suffering” associated with House Bill 2. “We would rather suffer HB2 than to have this body, one more time, deny us the full and unfettered protection of the law,” she said.
Another person who is against the new bill is Representative Bert Jones, citing his belief that God “created us male and female,” and arguing that it was not discriminatory for him to hold that belief.
“It troubles me today that we are doing this in this manner,” Mr. Jones said.
Cathryn Oakley, senior legislative counsel for the Human Rights Campaign, was for the new bill.
“What that means for the L.G.B.T. community is that we continue to be boxed out of nondiscrimination protections,” she said.
Chris Sgro, executive director of the gay rights group Equality North Carolina, said the proposal “keeps North Carolina as the only state in the country obsessed with where trans people use the restroom through law.”
But conservative groups have been trying to get lawmakers not to repeal House Bill 2.
“No NCAA basketball game, corporation, or entertainment concert is worth even one little girl being harmed or frightened in a bathroom,” Tami Fitzgerald, the coalition’s executive director, wrote in an email. “She should not lose her privacy and dignity to a boy in a locker room.”
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