North Carolina Lawmakers Vote To Repeal 'Bathroom Bill,' But Is It A "Fake Repeal"??
North Carolina's House and Senate have passed what's being described as a repeal of state's controversial anti-LGBT "bathroom bill" known as HB2, but they're facing criticism from LGBT activists and civil rights groups who claim this is a "fake repeal" that still allows for discrimination and plays politics with LGBT lives.
According to NBC News:
The state's House passed the bill 70-48 on Thursday afternoon after nearly two hours of heated debate. The state's Senate passed the bill by a 32-16 vote earlier in the day, after a deal was struck late Wednesday by the state's new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who campaigned on fully repealing the HB2 bill, and North Carolina's leading Republican lawmakers, who have supported the measure.
The repeal bill, known as HB142, now goes to Cooper, who is expected to sign it.
As mentioned above, the new bill has its critics:
The compromise bill weaves in several provisions, including repealing HB2, leaving state legislators in charge of policy over multi-stall bathrooms, and puts a temporary halt on local governments passing nondiscrimination ordinances until 2020 — which lawmakers say would allot time for ongoing court cases on transgender issues to play out.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal released a statement condemning the bill's passing.
"This is not a repeal of HB 2. Instead, they're reinforcing the worst aspects of the law," James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT Project, said in the statement. "North Carolina lawmakers should be ashamed of this backroom deal that continues to play politics with the lives of LGBT North Carolinians."
Simone Bell, Southern regional Director at Lambda Legal added: "Lawmakers replaced a bad bill with another bad bill. This fake repeal is an attempt to silence LGBT people. It is shameful to stamp a start date on equality. We demand a full, clean repeal, and that includes comprehensive non-discrimination protections."
The ACLU of North Carolina said it was delivering a letter to Cooper urging him to veto the measure, despite his expressed support.
The group had come out strongly against the deal in a series of tweets earlier Thursday, calling on the NCAA to reject the deal and not "settle for this fake repeal."
The NAACP also denounced the legislation, saying "any moratorium on civil rights is not a compromise, it is a contradiction with the principle of equal protection under the law and our moral values."
Democratic Governor Roy Cooper backs the new bill despite it not being "a perfect deal."
"But it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation," he says.
What's your take on what's being described as a "fake repeal" of HB2??