So repeal of HB2 is being worked out in North Carolina, today. The bill being voted on is HB142.
The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would repeal a controversial state law that limits LGBT rights and transgender bathroom access.
After the 32-16 Senate vote, the measure heads to the House for a final vote before going to Gov. Roy Cooper for his signature.
Of course, the day was not without voices of protest.
LGBT activists were on hand, loudly protesting any attempts at reaching a compromise, because, as I’ve said, compromise is not the goal. Compliance is.
Phil Berger put it best:
“This is a significant compromise from all sides on an issue that has been discussed and discussed and discussed here in North Carolina for a long period of time – for the past year at least,” Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Thursday. “It is something that, I think, satisfies some people, dissatisfies some people, but I think it’s a good thing for North Carolina and represents, as I said, a significant compromise.”
Yeah. Leftists and social justice warriors hate that “C” word.
And to that point, you get this from the stampy-footed protesters:
“Our lives are not compromises. Our lives are not to be bargained with. It is a true violent act against us if you are discussing how to sacrifice our lives and our safety for the sake of basketball,” said Joaquin Carcano, a transgender man who is suing the state over House Bill 2.
Ma’am, you can take your own words and apply them perfectly to the 99% of society who don’t suffer from your particular mental condition, with a great majority of that 99% feeling uncomfortable with allowing men into the women’s shower rooms or women into the men’s bathrooms.
Here are some helpful comparisons between HB2 and HB142:
Bathroom access: House Bill 2 requires all multiple-occupancy bathrooms, locker rooms and changing rooms overseen by state agencies, cities, counties and school districts be designated for use by a single gender based on what’s listed on a person’s birth certificate. House Bill 142 says only the General Assembly can establish access rules for public bathrooms.
Nondiscrimination ordinances: House Bill 2 established a statewide nondiscrimination policy for employment and public accommodations based on “race, religion, color, national origin, age, biological sex or handicap,” leaving out protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and it barred cities and counties from going beyond the state policy. House Bill 142 repeals the statewide policy and blocks all local nondiscrimination ordinances until Dec. 1, 2020, but places no restrictions on them after that date.
Local contracts: House Bill 2 prohibited local governments from setting rules for private contractors regarding minimum wage and worker benefits. As part of its repeal provision, House Bill 142 does away with this and doesn’t replace it.
It’s more than fair to everyone, and it’s more than many states have that aren’t being punished for protecting the privacy of their citizens.
People like North Carolina’s NAACP President “Reverend” William Barber, who only knows two things: Victimhood and country buffets, has of course chimed in to call this compromise “discriminatory.”
Barber has gotten fame and fortune by bringing protests to Raleigh, NC streets every week since the state elected its first Republican governor in several decades, Pat McCrory, beginning from the time McCrory took office in January 2013.
McCrory signed HB2 into law in the state in March 2016, and some would have you believe that is the reason he was a one-term governor (it’s actually not).
His opponent, Roy Cooper, ran on HB2 as his sole issue, pounding home that the state would suffer in reputation and economically (McCrory was one of the most successful governors in our state’s history, doing amazing things for the economy and undoing massive damage inflicted on the state by the previous Democrat administrations).
Outside money and special interest groups, as well as the Obama administration and his corrupt Department of Justice attacked McCrory and threatened the state, which could be said to have started a firestorm of pushback from other states, unwilling to be bullied by the federal government into risking their citizens’ safety, in order to uphold an agenda of cultural Marxism.
So now we wait for the House to have their say.
And no matter what happens, expect the controversy to continue.