Thursday, December 22, 2016

North Carolina's Attempt To Repeal "Bathroom Bill" Fails

As reported by the Washington Post, yesterday's special session of the North Carolina legislature that had been called to repeal the state's controversial anti-transgender "bathroom bill" was unsuccessful in doing so.  It appeared that a compromise had been worked out to repeal the law that prevents transgender individuals from using school and government office building restrooms that match their gender identity. (See prior posting.)  The city of Charlotte repealed its local non-discrimination ordinance that had triggered the state legislature's action.  However, the state repeal bill introduced in the legislature included a six-month moratorium on any city enacting a nondiscrimination ordinance to protect LGBT rights.  That limit was unacceptable to Democrats in the legislature.  Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger blamed the failure of the repeal on the Democrats, saying:
Their action proves they only wanted a repeal in order to force radical social engineering and shared bathrooms across North Carolina, at the expense of our state’s families, our reputation and our economy.