North Carolina Lawmakers Fail to Repeal LGBT ‘Bathroom Bill’


Opponents of HB2 hold signs outside the North Carolina House chambers gallery as the North Carolina General Assembly convenes for a special session at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. North Carolina's legislature reconvened Wednesday to decide whether enough lawmakers are willing to repeal a 9-month-old law that limited LGBT rights, including which bathrooms transgender people can use in public schools and government buildings. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)
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North Carolina’s incoming governor, Democrat Roy Cooper, says, “I’m disappointed that we have yet to remove the stain from the reputation of our great state.”  Cooper is talking about a failure by state lawmakers to repeal a law that omits protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. It’s been called the “bathroom bill” because it requires people to use public bathrooms and showers based on their gender at birth.



There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on in North Carolina, where a supposedly bipartisan deal to repeal the state’s anti-LGBT law fell apart. After more than nine hours of private and public talks, state legislators quit trying to revoke House Bill 2 and went home. The law became known as the “bathroom bill” because it limited transgenders to public restrooms that lined up with their sex at birth.


North Carolina has been facing boycotts by corporations, entertainers and high-profile sporting events.


Source: AP

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