On Monday, Charlotte’s city council voted to repeal its nondiscrimination bathroom ordinance that allowed transgender people to use to the bathroom that corresponded to whichever gender they choose.
This ordinance was passed on the condition that the state legislature had until Dec. 31 to repeal the statewide law, commonly referred to as HB2, that required transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate, The Right Scoop reported.
For the past several months, North Carolina has been at the center of the a controversy involving that so-called “bathroom bill,” HB2. Essentially, the Charlotte city council blinked first.
“If we take these actions today, the legislature will have no excuse to keep this harmful law on the book,” explained Mayor Jennifer Roberts, for all practical purposes admitting that there really was no reason for HB2 to exist in the first place except for Charlotte’s own provocative decision to allow transgender individuals to use the public bathroom of their choosing.
CNN noted that a special session of the state legislature was expected to be called Tuesday to repeal HB2 — which had been passed only in reaction to the Charlotte ordinance.
North Carolina’s outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory framed this sudden decision as nothing more than pure politics, NPR reported.
“This sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics,” he stated.
Some pundits have argued that the bathroom bill controversy hurt McCrory’s re-election campaign and led to Democrat Roy Cooper winning the election by a very slim margin, although others have argued that McCrory’s position on other issues, including toll roads, had more to do with his loss.
Regardless, it looks as though the North Carolina transgender bathroom drama is over … at least for now.
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