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North Carolina's "bathroom bill" repeal: who's satisfied?

January 19 2018, 05:26 | Irvin Gilbert

North Carolina's deal to undo its "bathroom bill" is receiving both complaints and applause, along with one big vote of confidence that could pump tens of millions of dollars into the state's economy.

Cooper said the new law is "not a ideal deal and it is not my preferred solution" as Republicans hold a supermajority in the Legislature and opposed the wide open transgender access in bathrooms, locker rooms and schools as activists have called for. Following the passage of HB 2, the NCAA announced that it was cancelling all championship events in the state between 2018 and 2022, pending repeal of the law.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, which had moved some sporting events out of North Carolina, including the championship game previous year in football, said Friday it was satisfied, and the state would again be eligible to host championship events. "This is not a repeal of HB2".

Among other things, it repeals the best-known section of HB2: a requirement that transgender people use the public restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.

The measure passed Thursday, considered a compromise, has left the LBGTQ community less than happy.

But former Governor McCrory, who signed the bill a year ago, and one of its most vocal supporters, has now spoken out to celebrate the "deal".

"If we could have props in here, I would take a basketball covered in money and roll it down the middle aisle there, because that's what this is about - money and basketball", state Rep. Carl Ford, a Republican, said before voting no on the repeal.

In a statement late Friday, Cooper said it was "encouraging to see the ACC put North Carolina back on its list".

NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the association will soon decide whether its replacement represents "a sufficient change in the law".

The law prompted economic boycotts and spurred companies such as Deutsche Bank and PayPal to call off planned expansions into North Carolina, entertainers such as Bruce Springsteen to reschedule concerts and sports leagues to relocate games. "In all meaningful ways, this has not changed anything".

LGBT advocates, meanwhile, say the "reset" under House Bill 142 is not a true repeal, and still exposes gay and transgender people to discrimination. HB2 will be replaced by House Bill 142, which has been deemed a "compromise" by its authors yet still deemed discriminatory by LGBT and human rights organizations.

The legislation to repeal HB2 - which was signed into law a year ago, requiring people to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates - faced little opposition in the state Senate. Under the new measure, local governments can't enact any new such protections until December 2020.

"The fact that the board only identified one state that it didn't want to go to, while recognizing there were 49 other states with various degrees of support or restrictions around LGBT rights and other civil rights issues, it certainly meant that they saw North Carolina as distinctive", he added.

"All lawmakers, D and R, must reject #HB2 'deal, ' he wrote on Twitter". "We worked with (senior vice president of NCAA basketball Dan Gavitt)'s committee and with all of our sports committees to be able to extend those decisions as far as we could".

"HB2 is gone and no longer the law of the land", Emmert told reporters. They've changed the law.

"The board had four problems with that bill". This isn't about North Carolina not being a hospitable place for events.

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