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2017-03-30 11:08:05


HB2 ‘compromise’ is just another version of hate in North Carolina

Don’t believe the hype.

The “compromise” North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger announced at a Wednesday night news conference is not a repeal of the anti-LGBT legislation known as House Bill 2.

At this hour North Carolina’s Senate and House are convening to discuss and vote on House Bill 142.

What is the difference between HB2 and HB142?

One year, 140 bills and this time the legislators are doing their dirty work in the light of day.

But this so-called “compromise” with Gov. Roy Cooper is not a clean repeal of the law restricting transgender people to the public bathrooms of the gender marked on their birth certificates. It is not a clean repeal of the law that stopped cities across the Tar Heel state from enacting their own ordinances to protect its people against discrimination. HB142 is a bill that actually maintains many of the discriminatory aspects of the law it’s been crafted to replace.

“It’s not a perfect deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to repair our reputation.”

But what he doesn’t say is that the real reason for this “deal” is money.

The NCAA reportedly has North Carolina on the clock. Either it repeals HB2 by today or the state risks losing the opportunity to host any championship games for the next five years.

If you want to, you can scroll through Twitter and see all the LGBT groups and business allies denouncing this new version of hateful legislation. But all you really need to see, if you want to know why HB142 is worthless, why it should not be signed into law, is this one tweet, from former Gov. Pat McCrory.

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