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Editorial warns states with HB2 copycat proposals: Don’t do it; you’ll regret it!

This morning’s lead editorial in the Winston-Salem Journal has a warning for states like Virginia, Texas and others in which Republican lawmakers are attempting to push HB2 copycat bills:

“Learn from our mistake. Don’t do it!”

“As the Atlantic Coast Conference looks for a new home, we have some serious advice for neighboring states: Don’t do what we did. It’s not worth it.

Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford said Sunday the conference is likely to move its football championship game out of Charlotte again next year if House Bill 2, the ‘bathroom bill’ rushed through by the GOP that discriminates against transgender people, is not repealed or adjusted, The Associated Press reported. That would be another massive blow to the state.

The economic impact of the ACC loss is in the tens of millions, the Journal has reported. The overall economic loss related to HB2 has been estimated at as much as $600 million by Forbes magazine. Beyond that, it has unfairly marked North Carolina as a backward, intolerant state.”

Unfortunately, as the editorial notes, equality-phobes in Texas, Virginia, Kentucky and South Carolina are pushing “bathroom bills,” even as conservative business leaders urge them to think twice. Here’s the conclusion to the editorial:

“Though proponents of these bills cite safety concerns, there’s very little “there” there. The real danger is to transgender people who would be forced into situations that threaten their safety.

But legislators continue to push back against a rising tide of citizens who are fed up with meddling where there’s no need.

They say it’s a wise man who can learn from the mistakes of others. In North Carolina, we continue to lose business and stature because of this hastily-arranged, clumsily-executed law.

Our legislators could set an example by finally realizing their law was wrong for our state and being big enough to repeal it.

If that happens, nobody, neither Gov. Roy Cooper nor other Democratic leaders, should crow about it. We should all just quietly move on, together, in restoring our reputation and business.”

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