As noted in the post immediately below, the Winston-Salem Journal called on state leaders this morning to repeal the new discrimination law. As it noted in “Governor, legislature must rescind costly ‘Bathroom bill'”:
“And how will the legislature’s law be enforced? Will we need to have a valid ID handy, or even our birth certificate, when we enter a public bathroom? Would law enforcement officers check those suspected of violating the law by asking them to disrobe?
Will we, and our children, find people wearing dresses in men’s rooms and people with beards in women’s rooms — in other words, transgender people? That’s what the new law would have them do.
This isn’t the first time the legislature has wasted taxpayer money on a bill that constrains local government. No doubt some legislators hope to campaign on the hot-button issue. Their opponents will do the same, pointing to their wasteful and discriminatory attitudes.
This law may feel good to the GOP leadership now in the warmth of spring. But November will be here before they know it, and it could be a cold one.
The GOP leaders should rescind House Bill 2, if for no other reasons than it will cost them votes and the state money.”
But the Journal isn’t the only paper to call for repeal. Here’s the Greensboro News & Record in an editorial from this morning entitled “Correct the mistake”:
“Much of the world is moving beyond discrimination against people with different sexual orientations and expressions. Companies view discrimination as bad for business. Progressive cities want to provide a climate of inclusion for residents and businesses. Yet the legislature and governor chose to deny them that opportunity.
So North Carolina faces costly litigation, economic harm and another blow to its image — for what? A short-term political gain?
McCrory should call the legislature back to Raleigh and ask it to reverse its disastrous action of last week. Now.”
Surely, these are just the first of many to come. Stay tuned.