Since April 25th, there has been many attempts to repeal or change parts of North Carolina’s bathroom privacy law, but this week the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned taking no major votes on the law. With the exception of a minor technical correction to restore access to state courts, HB2 will remain state law.
2016 Legislative Session
During the session, Democratic legislators circulated bills to repeal HB2 and moderate Republicans privately exchanged ideas to modify the controversial bill. Ultimately no Legislators received enough support in the General Assembly to move any bill forward nor did their proposals appease the boisterous NBA. For months the NBA had been meeting behind closed doors with a coalition of business executives, sports commissioners and House leadership to provide input and guidance on changes to HB2 in an attempt to keep the NBA’s 2017 All-Star Game in North Carolina. In the last hours of the the legislative session, the NBA and Charlotte Hornets unexpectedly issued a joint press statement withdrawing their support for a leaked copy of a draft bill and support inside the General Assembly quickly evaporated. In the end Speaker Tim Moore added a minor change to HB2 requested by Governor McCrory in a technical correction bill (HB169) in the last hours of the 2016 legislative session.
Continued Opposition to HB2
LGBT advocates have consistently been interested in a complete repeal of HB2. KeepNCSafe expects the Human Rights Campaign to continue to champion boycotts against the state. They may also start a new statewide movement to call state legislators back into a special session and focus on booting legislators that support HB2 out of office in November as they continue their call to repeal HB2. LGBT will attempt to use the NBA All-Star game as a 100 million dollar wedge issue against the state and Governor McCrory. These advocates will not stop until they achieve their goal of granting men access into women’s and children’s bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers.
Everyone in the coalition is hopeful to see the NBA honor their commitment of hosting the 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte and decide against the loud voices that are encouraging them to move the game outside of North Carolina over HB2. We agree with Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of North Carolina Values Coalition statement to the press on Friday when she said, “It’s wrong for a sports organization, whose very business plan is built on sex discrimination, to demand that the state government impose a different form of sex discrimination on the citizens of a sovereign state. We suggest that the NBA stick to what they do best, and that is playing basketball and not demanding public policy.”
The General Assembly has adjourned until 2017.