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Latest rumored HB2 proposal ought to be a “no go”

A new tweet from WRAL at around 4:50 pm this afternoon indicates that the latest HB2 proposal from legislative leaders would place a moratorium on the enactment of new nondiscrimination ordinances by local governments until 2020.

If this is in fact the case, it ought to be summarily rejected by Governor Cooper, the NCAA and all other legislators and actors seeking to remove the HB2 stain from our state. As a practical matter the effect of such a “repeal” condition is to leave HB2 in effect for nearly four more years. There is simply no way that such a proposal can be seen as anything other an outrageous demand to cement discrimination in place. If lawmakers are serious about repealing the law, they would do well to begin by taking a look at the bill filed this afternoon by Republican Senator Jeff Tarte that would make sexual orientation a protected class under state law. Tarte’s proposal is incomplete but a much better start than the GOP moratorium idea.

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