Hopes for repeal of HB2 were dealt another powerful blow yesterday when Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger sat down for an interview with Tim Boyum of Time Warner Cable News. Among other things, Berger told Boyum that he “doesn’t see a pathway in the short term for there to be addressing of that issue [HB2]” and that “the window for that compromise [i.e. the inadequate ‘compromise’ pushed by some conservatives in December during the special session whereby the law would be repealed in exchange for repeal of the Charlotte ordinance and a moratorium on any similar new ordinances] may not be open at this point.”
To make matters even worse, Berger commenced the discussion of the issue by dredging up yet again his tired, ridiculous and offensive rap about men supposedly wanting to invade women’s restrooms. To a question about the prospects for repealing the law, Berger said the following:
“But there’s also just a real question out there of whether or not it’s appropriate for men to share restrooms and shower facilities with women.”
It’s truly a very discouraging moment to observe. Here’s an obviously intelligent 21st Century man with reading skills and a law degree who either: a) can’t grasp some very simple concepts about gender, sexuality and how real people live and behave in the real world or b) is so incredibly cynical that he’s willing to pander shamelessly to the religious bigots who adhere to their mission of repealing the 20th Century. Either way, it’s a powerful reminder that the 2017 session of the General Assembly is likely to be a long and unpleasant one and that the state’s infamous and destructive discrimination law ain’t likely to be going away soon.
Click here to watch the entire seven and a half minute interview.