North Carolina General Assembly Fails to Repeal Anti-LGBT HB2

By Adam Polaski • December 22, 2016 • 10:52 am

Lawmakers in North Carolina’s General Assembly failed today to repeal HB 2, the anti-LGBT law that has to date cost the state nearly a billion dollars in lost revenue and led to Gov. Pat McCrory losing his reelection bid.

Efforts to repeal the damaging law came to a halt during a contentious special session in Raleigh on Wednesday, as some lawmakers tried to make repeal contingent upon the inclusion of a measure that banned local municipalities from advancing their own nondiscrimination ordinances. Originally, the moratorium was for six months – in and of itself an unacceptable provision. Later, lawmakers in the Senate tried to extend the moratorium window, which would have done nothing to resolve the ongoing economic strife faced by North Carolina since the passage of HB2.

Lawmakers later tried to split the bill into two portions – one repealing HB 2, the other essentially voiding that repeal by requiring the lengthy moratorium on municipal nondiscrimination ordinances. A vote on the repeal portion of the bill failed, dooming the possibility of any other productive movement during this special session.

The lack of action during the special session, which was convened explicitly to repeal HB 2, cost North Carolina taxpayers more than $40,000.

Freedom for All Americans’ executive director Matt McTighe released the following statement:

“There is no excuse for lawmakers’ refusal to do the responsible thing and fully repeal HB 2 today. Charlotte’s City Council repealed their nondiscrimination ordinance – even though that ordinance was never the problem to begin with. Despite this gesture from Charlotte, legislative leaders in Raleigh were still totally incapable of mustering the political strength needed to repeal this disastrous law.

McTighe continued: “Let’s be clear: anything other than a full and clean repeal of HB 2 in its entirety is a non-starter. The business community has made their objections to anti-LGBT discrimination clear, and so did voters who broke across party lines and ended Pat McCrory’s tenure as governor. A moratorium of any kind on the freedom of local municipalities – like Charlotte – to enact their own LGBT nondiscrimination policies is entirely unacceptable, and is nothing more than an attempt to re-codify HB 2 under a different name.”

“Today’s events will only further fuel the economic strife that North Carolina and many of its hardworking residents are experiencing because of HB 2,” he said. “Until lawmakers repeal this anti-business, discriminatory law, they are flagrantly flouting the will of North Carolina voters.”

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