The final language on the deal that was apparently reached last night to, at least technically, “repeal” HB2 hasn’t been officially introduced as a bill or bill amendment yet, so final judgment may be a bit premature. But if the agreement includes what it is reported to include — namely a permanent ban on local governments enacting restroom equity ordinances for transgender people and a four-year ban on LGBTQ equality ordinances generally — it’s hard to see how this in much of a “compromise.” HB2 will be in full effect as it pertains to denying equality and human rights for four more years.
This is from a statement issued by the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC last night:
“The rumored HB2 ‘deal’ does nothing more than double-down on discrimination and would ensure North Carolina remains the worst state in the nation for LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The consequences of this hateful law will only continue without full repeal of HB2. Sellouts cave under pressure. Leaders fight for what’s right.”
“This proposal is a train wreck that would double down on anti-LGBTQ discrimination. North Carolinians want a clean repeal of HB2, and we urge our allies not to sell us out,” said Chris Sgro, Equality NC Executive Director. “Those who stand for equality and with LGBTQ people are standing strong against these antics. We’ve got less than 24 hours before the NCAA deadline. There is no time to waste – our leaders must fight for what’s right, and that is full repeal.”
Sadly, it seems that the criticisms are on the money. To make matters worse, the plan is to ram the faux repeal through in one day without opportunity for public input or comment. One suspects that Gov. Cooper did as much as he thought possible, but, at this point, it is an extremely disappointing outcome.