North Carolina Democrats File Repeal of Horrible Anti-Trans Law

Monday†was the first day of the new short legislative session in North Carolina, and a group of Democratic lawmakers were there to get one major job done: file†a repeal of HB2, North Carolina’s odious anti-trans law.

The repeal bill, known as†House Bill 946 or the†Act to Repeal House Bill 2, is†sponsored†by Democratic Representatives Darren Jackson Graig Meyer Susi Hamilton and Grier Martin.

The legislation is straightforward. It aims to repeal HB2 and all its discriminatory provisions including its focus on trans people and taking away their public accommodation rights, as well as restoring the rights of city governments to set trans inclusive ordinances like that passed in Charlotte.

“It would not undo with the swipe of a pen the incredible damage that House Bill 2 has done to our economy,” lawmaker Grier Martin is quoted as saying. “But it would stop the bleeding and put North Carolina back on the path of progress and moving forward.”

However, Republicans that dominate the state legislature have already said they will not tolerate a full repeal of HB2. House Speaker Tim Moore said that the General Assembly will not take up a full repeal, but it is unclear whether he will allow the bill to come to floor and be modified.

“I certainly see no harm in making changes [to HB2] to make it very clear that folks have access to the state courts for discrimination claims. As far as an outright repeal, that’s not something we’re taking about right now,” Moore is quoted as telling reporters, despite the obvious fact that a sizable proportion of lawmakers and the public†are in fact talking about a full repeal.

He reportedly went on to say,†“I don’t think we should kowtow to bullying on this. I think we should stand for what we think is right.†The rhetoric just needs to be dialed down because it’s just not good for North Carolina.”

Presumably the “bullying” to which Moore is referring is in the dramatic and nation-wide protests currently deluging North Carolina.

While Democratic lawmakers were busy filing this bill, thousands†of protesters descended on the North Carolina capital to engage in peaceful protests including a sit-in. Ultimately†54 protesters were arrested, among them the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Mara†Keisling.

Prior to her arrest, Keisling posted to her Facebook account a picture of the ladies’ room door in the State Capitol building, tagging it with the remark, “I used the womenís room in the governorís office. Governor McCrory canít even enforce his law in his house.”

Keisling, who was not arrested for this but for†remaining in the building with other protesters after the end of the legislative session, is referring to the fact that critics say HB2′s anti-trans provisions are unenforceable and will instead lead to gender nonconforming people being targeted for abuse.

On Monday, Musicians†Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato also spoke out against the bill, and have†added their names to the growing list of performers who feel they cannot in good conscience perform in North Carolina while HB2 remains in force.

Meanwhile, NBA Commissioner Adam Silversaid†at an†Associated Press Sports Editorsí commissioner meeting on Thursday, April 21,†that unless the “problematic” HB2 is changed, it may be difficult†to hold a “celebratory event” like the NBA All-Star Game that is scheduled in Charlotte in 2017.

Stopping short of what he termed an “ultimatum,” Silver said he was keen to see critics work with North Carolina’s lawmakers to fix what is broken about the law. The NBA remains under pressure to come out more strongly against HB2 than it has, but so far has resisted making definitive statements. Businesses like PayPal have slammed the bill and said that if it remains in force it will†affect their futures in the state.

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67 comments

william Miller
william Millerabout a year ago

thanks

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S1 years ago

noted

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S1 years ago

noted

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Rachel L.
Rachel -1 years ago

Wendy Johnson-Niblick: Brilliant comments, both. My apologies for the green stars....

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pam w.
pam w1 years ago

Thanks, Regus! I'm glad I was clear to those of logical minds and good intentions.

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei1 years ago

Oh, and ron D., Pam did NOT mention incest, rape and pedophilia anywhere in her post. Those, again, were raised by YOU alone as FALSE straw men. Pam only mentioned homosexuality in other species, and nowhere did she claim that ALL so-defined "natural" acts would be acceptable in humans....again, it was you alone who attempted to put disingenuously contrived words into her mouth. She merely noted that homosexuality was found "naturally" in nature, as part of a larger defense against Mina's unrelenting and blind hate and ignorance that would make homosexuals/transsexuals into the "unnatural other", not worthy of civil and Constitutional protections.

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Margaret Goodman
Margaret Goodman1 years ago

The word "natural" has many aspects. We know that the word "natural" in food advertising is absolutely meaningless. To me "natural" means occurring in nature with no human interference.

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei1 years ago

ron D.,

You appear to have some apologist tendencies for the rightwing. Your description of people who publicly support homosexuals/transsexuals and their causes as people who "feel that all people should be forced to accept and support all things homosexual/ trans sexual" is an utterly FALSE and DISINGENUOUS straw man.

Homosexuals/transsexuals are NOT trying to convert everyone, nor to "force" everyone to **personally** accept their lifestyle. However, homosexuals/transsexuals are CORRECT in expecting fair and equal treatment from their fellow citizens under the civil laws and the Constitution, in the **public** sphere.

Your attempt to equivocate on this issue is sadly sophomoric and bigoted. It is very much like the arguments that were used to defend racists.

You can stick your disingenuous-ness in the service of bigotry where the sun don't shine. You and Trump both.

Cletus

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ron D.
ron D1 years ago

Pam W - incest, rape and pedophilia are also " natural acts" found in many species. Natural does not equate to acceptable. That argument fails.

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