Incoming North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Monday that the state would repeal the so-called “bathroom law” that caused so much controversy when it was passed earlier this year.
Cooper, a Democrat who just barely snuck by incumbent Republican Governor Pat McCrory in the November election, would not have the authority to repeal HB2 on his own and he certainly does not have a mandate to do so. But the GOP-controlled legislature is on board; not because of McCrory’s defeat, but because the Charlotte City Council voted to repeal the local ordinance that made the law necessary in the first place.
“Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore assured me that as a result of Charlotte’s vote, a special session will be called for Tuesday to repeal HB 2 in full,” Gov. Cooper said in a statement. “I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB2 will be repealed in full.”
The situation is fluid; the Charlotte vote is contingent on the legislature’s repeal and – seemingly – vice versa.
The Charlotte ordinance mandated that area businesses allow transgenders to use the bathrooms of their choice rather than those intended for their “birth gender.” That inspired the state legislature to pass a bill forbidding city officials from overriding North Carolina law and enforcing a “use the bathroom of your proper sex” common-sense cultural understanding.
Not long ago, such a bill would be seen as uncontroversial. Oh, a law that says that men have to use the men’s room and women have to use the ladies’ room? What’s the problem?
Well, it somehow became a huge problem. The LGBT activists got involved, corporations like the NBA started pulling their events out of the state, and the leftist media made North Carolina Republicans out to be the most bigoted group of lawmakers in the nation. Absurd? Of course. But that’s where we are as a country.
If the law played a part in Cooper’s victory, it was because it had an economic impact on the state. That impact has almost certainly been overstated by the press, but perception is reality. No one can possibly be gung-ho about letting sick predators into the girls’ bathroom other than disgusting liberals, but people will choose a job over a moral line in the sand any day.
Too bad, because North Carolina and Pat McCrory were on the front lines of the culture war, reminding Americans that state law is not determined by the president of the United States…or by the LGBT mafia.