North Carolina Democrats Try (Again) to Repeal Anti-LGBT Law

North Carolina General Assembly HB 2 Repeal
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Despite efforts late last year to strike down the law, the notorious North Carolina bathroom bill is still a law. This week, state Democrats announced plans to try—again—to repeal the law.

The AP reports that Democratic lawmakers announced a bill Thursday that would roll back HB 2, which prohibits transgender people from using the restroom matching their gender identity. They also announced a bill to create state anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

Despite a Democrat, Roy Cooper, taking the governor’s office last November, the state’s General Assembly is still Republican-controlled, and in-fighting and miscommunication between Raleigh and Charlotte over how to legislate an HB 2 repeal shut down talks about the law.

The law has cost North Carolina dearly in revenue and jobs. Entertainers and financiers have boycotted the state because of the law. Most significantly, the NCAA has pulled championship games from North Carolina, a major sports venue, as a result of the discriminatory law.

 

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