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New York Times: “It’s not too late for Mr. McCrory to come to his senses”

In case you missed it earlier today, there was more bad news for North Carolina leaders looking to revive the state’s flagging reputation at the national and international levels: the lead editorial in the New York Times. This is from “North Carolina Pays a Price for Bigotry”:

“Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina has some nerve. Alarmed by the rising financial fallout from the discriminatory law he and Republican lawmakers hastily passed in March to bar transgender people from using restrooms that match their gender identity, the governor seemed desperate for an off-ramp last week.

On Friday, he offered to convene a special legislative session to repeal the law, which in addition to policing restroom use nullified local laws that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. There is a catch, however. Mr. McCrory insists that he will not support repeal unless Charlotte revokes the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance, enacted in February, which Republicans used as a reason to pass the now infamous state statute known as H.B. 2.

It was a desperate move by Mr. McCrory, who appears likely to lose his re-election bid in November, in large part for championing a measure based on the specious notion that transgender people are sexual predators….

The governor and his Republican colleagues in the Legislature are solely to blame for the hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars the state has lost as businesses and sports organizations have turned away from North Carolina, because they don’t want to condone bigotry.”

The Times hasn’t given up all hope for the Guv, however. Here’s the conclusion:

“It’s not too late for Mr. McCrory to come to his senses and take the only way out — admit ignorance and error and repeal the law. While he and lawmakers are at it, they can acknowledge that no one has been made safer by preventing transgender people from using appropriate public restrooms, the ostensible reason for passing the law. The rule was never enforceable, since police officers can’t reasonably be required to inspect people’s genitals outside bathroom stalls. The point of the law was to harm and humiliate L.G.B.T. citizens, and for that all North Carolinians are having to pay an ever growing price.”

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