Published: Sat, April 01, 2017
National | By Traci Kelley

North Carolina Repeals Bathroom Bill: Businesses, Sports Organizations Leave State, Hurting Economy


Protesters showed their distaste for the new law outside Gov. Roy Cooper's mansion Thursday afternoon.

"And that's really a tragedy, truthfully", she said. 2 but bans local governments from enacting ordinances affecting multiple-occupancy bathrooms, showers and changing areas until December 2020.

"I'm personally very pleased that they have a bill to debate and discuss", he said. However, he said, "compromise sometimes is hard, and this bill represents that".

"I'm not going to let the NCAA run the state of Texas. The ticket takers, the housekeeping staff, and parking attendants working at arenas around our state will have more money in their pockets", Cooper said in a subsequent statement. Any and all regulation of restrooms and changing facilities will be held at the state level.

In the House, Republican Rep. Scott Stone urged his colleagues to vote for the new bill. "As much as I want to see a solution, this is one I can't support".

But support for the governor did not similarly dictate Butler's vote. "I don't think it goes far enough to protect LGBT citizens".

But this compromise was needed and, given the fear-mongering on one side and the outrage on the other, it was inevitable that any agreement would bring objections from both sides. The bill had resulted in businesses, entertainers and sports bodies boycotting the state due to the discriminatory measure, reports said.

According to The Associated Press, NCAA officials will decide next week whether they think the new law is strong enough to allow championship events to return to North Carolina.

Andrew Reynolds, a UNC political science professor, said the vote was explicitly driven by the deadline. (It is.) North Carolina politics makes basketball recruiting look like a bake sale. "They've removed some of those now but not, as you point out, not all of them".

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A compromise to end North Carolina's "bathroom bill" has crossed an early hurdle when it was approved by the state Senate rules committee.

Dollars aside, the NCAA sanctions are especially painful for North Carolina, where love of college basketball is part of the state's very identity and where schools like Duke and the University of North Carolina are perennial powerhouses. Gay and transgender rights activists complained that the measure still denies them protection from discrimination, and they are demanding nothing less than full repeal. Bishop said that the bill, at best, delayed action. 2 in order to remain in consideration to host collegiate championship events between 2018-2020, conservatives are accusing the state's lawmakers of capitulating to the pressure. The NCAA is expected to announce championship sites April 18.

"This discussion will take place in the near future, and following any decisions ... announcements will be forthcoming", he said.

The director of the ACLU LGBT Project, James Esseks, said lawmakers "should be ashamed of this backroom deal".

For Reynolds, the bill is a slight step forward, but one that was not worth the risky message of continued inequality it sent to the LGBTQ community. "Their rights, on their behalf, are to be compromised away". The bill passed the Senate, and then went to the House, where it also passed.

"Our lives are not to be bargained with", he said. And we know from studies that transgender folks are more likely to be the victim of harassment and violence in bathrooms and not others. "To say otherwise would be untruthful". In an exclusive sit down interview with ABC11, Copeland laid out a blueprint for how he plans to reconnect with companies that were wary of HB2, the controversial legislation described as anti-LGBTQ.

"It's got to help", Ronnie Bryant, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, said of the repeal measure.

"We're going back to square one, and square one was unacceptable".

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