A survey carried out by the Associated Press has revealed that the vast majority of politicians in North Carolina are unwilling to commit to repealing the state’s anti-Transgender “bathroom bill.”
The law known as House Bill 2 – which also excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from antidiscrimination measures – sparked a backlash from businesses and LGBT advocates because it requires transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.
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However, despite the financial cost to the state following the decisions of businesses and entertainers to pull out of North Carolina, only 12 of 50 state senators and 40 of 118 House members said they support abolishing the law, nearly all of them Democrats.
Thirteen representatives and six senators said they want the law to remain.
Republican Mike Hager, who served as House Majority Leader before leaving the legislature last year, said:
“People have deep-seated feelings about family norms. You’ve got to have someone brave enough and offer a compromise, because that is what it’s going to take.”
However, Democratic Governor Roy Cooper (above) said on Saturday there are enough votes for full repeal. He urged state Senate leader Phil Berger to allow a simple vote on the law’s merits.
“If there ever was a need for bipartisanship, it’s now. We came too close in December for Sen. Berger to give up. Too many jobs, too much investment, too much of North Carolina’s reputation are at stake,” he said.
[Source: LGBTQ Nation]