Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper says House Bill 2 would be defeated if it could be put to a statewide referendum.
"I think it would lose. I think people are sick of it," Cooper told Chuck Todd of NBC News during a Friday interview for the daily version of "Meet the Press."
"It has cost us thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars," Cooper said.
House Bill 2, passed nearly a year ago, limits which bathrooms transgender individuals can use when they are in publicly owned buildings, including public schools and universities. It also limits protections for LGBT individuals.
Todd asked Cooper about recent efforts to repeal and replace the controversial measure. Cooper insisted that a repeal could pass if Republicans would move forward with relatively straightforward bill that could garner the support of Democrats. But, he said, the current bill that would allow voter-initiated referenda if city governments enact LGBT protections would just lead to a series of damaging fights across the state.
Republicans have accused Cooper of sabotaging repeal efforts, saying that he has undercut efforts to move forward with the latest compromise bill by pressuring state House Democrats to oppose it.
Any repeal effort, Cooper said, "needs to work toward eliminating discrimination, and it needs to work. We can't have House Bill 2.2."