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North Carolina’s House Bill 2 may have been repealed in name, but its legacy lives on in imitation legislation pushed by conservative lawmakers in other states. The Texan version of the infamous “bathroom bill” was left unheard when the state’s House of Representatives ended its special session — but Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick hasn’t given up the issue.
The repeal of House Bill 2 (HB2), North Carolina’s notorious anti-LGBTQ “bathroom bill,” failed. After Charlotte City Council fully repealed its “triggering” non-discrimination ordinance, the state’s legislators tried to pull one over on LGBTQ advocates by proposing a repeal that included a six-month ban on non-discrimination protections. The move was so controversial that the session ended without so much as a vote on HB2 repeal.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has been the most passionate proponent of HB2, the notorious “bathroom bill” that openly discriminates against transgender people. The governor has spoken countless times of the “commonsense” nature of the bill, and has even sued the federal government for pointing out that the legislation violates civil rights.
House Bill 2, which decrees that transgender individuals use the bathroom designated on their birth certificates, is still a matter of hot debate in political and media circles. Widely nicknamed “Hate Bill 2” by opponents of the legislation, HB2 has undoubtedly impacted the perception of North Carolina throughout the nation.