Deal falls apart to repeal North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’ limiting LGBT protections

Dec 22, 2016 by

RALEIGH, N.C. — Amid deepening acrimony, a supposedly bipartisan deal to kill the North Carolina law known as the “bathroom bill” fell apart Wednesday night, ensuring the likelihood that global corporations and national sports events will continue to stay away from the state.

The law limits protections for LGBT people and was best known for a provision that requires transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates. It was passed earlier this year after Charlotte officials approved a sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance.

The repeal compromise touted by both Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper and GOP Gov. Pat McCrory called for Charlotte to do away with its ordinance. In exchange, lawmakers would undo the LGBT law.

But both sides balked: GOP lawmakers cried foul when Charlotte leaders initially left part of the city’s ordinance in place. And when the Senate bill called for a months-long ban on cities passing similar ordinances, Democrats said Republicans were going back on their promise. Cooper said the moratorium essentially doubled down on discrimination.

“The legislature had a chance to do the right thing for North Carolina, and they failed,” he said. “This was our best chance. It cannot be our last chance.”

Source: Deal falls apart to repeal North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’ limiting LGBT protections – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Ap

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