Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Outgoing N.C. governor calls legislative session to repeal of controversial transgender bathroom law

Outgoing North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who in May filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department to save North Carolina's controversial transgender bathroom law, has called a special session for today to consider repealing the law, Jim Morrill and Steve Harrison report for The Charlotte Observer. HB2 has been "seen by critics as an anti-LGBT measure, prompted boycotts and cost the state millions of dollars as well as lost jobs." It was a factor in Republican McCrory's narrow loss last month to Democrat Roy Cooper. The state Senate and House remain under Republican control.

A few hours after the Charlotte City Council voted 10-0 "to rescind the LGBT ordinance that prompted HB2," McCrory said in a video: “This sudden reversal, with little notice after the gubernatorial election has ended, sadly proves this entire issue, originated by the political left, was all about politics at the expense of Charlotte and the entire state of North Carolina."

"Cooper, who lobbied for the council action, announced earlier that GOP legislative leaders had promised to repeal HB2," the Observer reports. He said in a statement: “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 HB2 in full. I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB2 will be repealed in full.”

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