March 30, 2016
Thank the North Carolina Governor
On February 23, Charlotte, North Carolina passed an ordinance by a 7-4 vote to allow “transgender people to choose public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity.” Governor Pat McCrory, the mayor of Charlotte for a record 14 years from 1995 to 2009, noted, this could “create major public safety issues” and said, the very day the ordinance passed, it would likely cause immediate State legislative intervention which he would support as governor.
Just last week Republican leaders in the North Carolina General Assembly scheduled a one-day session after enough lawmakers heard from worried constituents about the Charlotte provision which was set to become law on April 1st. HB 2 passed with bi-partisan support in the State House. In the Senate, all the Democrats walked out of the chamber and refused to vote on the issue. The remaining Republican majority went ahead with the vote and it passed 32-0.
Sounds like North Carolina would be a good place to vacation this summer!
Of course, it didn’t take homosexual/transgender activists and their allies in Hollywood, the corporate and sports worlds, long to cry “discrimination” and threaten to pull out of North Carolina. Lawsuits have been filed and the Democrat Attorney General says he will not defend the law. Pressure on the Governor and legislators who did the right thing is intense. Those opposing the actions of the General Assembly are saying this will be the end of North Carolina!
In actuality, this is what the law does:
1.) It blocks Charlotte’s ordinance from taking effect on April 1st.
2.) It clarifies that cities and counties cannot exceed the authority given them in state law, which is exactly what Charlotte did.
3.) The law only applies to public facilities. Private companies can have any policy they want. This is unlike the Charlotte ordinance which would have forced private companies doing business with the city to have “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their policies.
4.) Passes a statewide non-discrimination policy that defends the federally recognized protected classes: race, religion, color, national origin and biological sex.
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