North Carolina's 'bathroom law' is headed for repeal

House Bill 142 passed with bipartisan support - a 32-16 margin in the Senate and 70-48 in the House.

GOP leaders announced Wednesday night that the new legislation would be debated and voted on Thursday.

LGBT advocates and their allies say the new proposal isn't a compromise at all-they're actually calling it HB 2.0.

Hudson Taylor, the executive director of Athlete Ally - an LGBT organization dedicated to defeating homophobia and transphobia through sports - viewed the compromised HB142 as more of a PR stunt and said the bill was the equivalent of legislatures "punting the ball" until 2020. "It's a cynical ploy that will continue to hurt North Carolina and transgender people".

Enormous outcry to risky new version of #HB2 in NC.

How lawmakers voted on HB2 repeal Cooper likewise appealed to people to accept the deal because nothing better was available.

But with anger rising over the compromise from groups on both the left and the right, it was unclear whether the signing of the new bill into law would extricate North Carolina from the roiling national controversy over the proper levels of legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

"It's not a ideal deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to fix our reputation", North Carolina's Governor Roy Cooper said on Wednesday evening after the agreement was reached. Citing the discriminatory nature of the law, the NCAA moved seven championship events out of the state this academic year, including first-round men's basketball tournament games that were moved from Greensboro, N.C., to Greenville, S.C. This week, it began making championship site selections for the years 2018 through 2022 and has threatened to maintain the North Carolina ban unless HB2 is repealed.

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In an interview after remarks at the Charlotte Regional Partnership awards banquet, Copeland told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/2odWhTH) he would contact companies that publicly canceled plans to expand in North Carolina.

Democratic Governor Roy Cooper was expected to sign the replacement bill into law.

"The rumored HB2 "deal" does nothing more than double-down on discrimination and would ensure North Carolina remains the worst state in the nation for LGBTQ people", said HRC President Chad Griffin. "We would rather suffer HB2 than to have this body one more time deny us the full and unfettered protection of the law". Sellouts cave under pressure.

Civil rights leaders said the provision that prevents localities from passing anti-discrimination laws was likely to keep the boycotters away. "Lawmakers must reject this disgraceful backroom deal that uses the rights of LGBT people as a bargaining chip", said Sarah Gillooly, policy director for the ACLU of North Carolina. It also prohibited cities and towns from enacting anti-discrimination laws, or laws protecting workers (which is completely unrelated, but still awful).

House Bill 2 became law in March 2016 and has drawn widespread criticism from LGBT groups that said it allowed discrimination against transgender people. It now heads to governor, who supports it.

Social conservatives prefer keeping HB2 while gay rights groups say only a complete repeal will do.

Two-thirds of the chamber's 50 senators approved the bill Thursday.

WBTV reported earlier Wednesday Cooper and Republican leadership in the North Carolina House of Representatives reached a tentative agreement to repeal HB2 late Wednesday afternoon. In addition to the bathroom restrictions, the law also limits localities' ability to pass nondiscrimination protections and minimum wage measures.

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