Cooper on HB2: 'I think people are sick of it'

Posted March 3

Gov. Roy Cooper talks to MSNBC on March 3, 2017.

— 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."


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  • Jennifer Hulford Mar 6, 10:34 a.m.
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    The people fighting for the rights of others are not sick of it. They are sick that this cruel, backwards bill was even written in the first place and passed by a governor. But no matter how "evolved" humanity gets, it seems there are always those who feel the need to discriminate against others not like themselves.

  • Karen Orndorff Mar 6, 9:06 a.m.
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    Didn't he start it in Charlotte?

  • Judy Loftin Mar 5, 5:12 a.m.
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    CBS poll... Americans do not want men in womens bathrooms.

  • Cherrie Fausnaught Mar 4, 12:38 p.m.
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    HB2 was nothing but political grandstanding. An unnecessary bill that solves a non-existent problem and cannot be enforced. Our state has suffered financially over it, and it is time to repeal it!

  • Sherry Reams Mar 4, 6:56 a.m.
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    Sick of hearing Cooper talk about it. Take a hint from Soros and move on.
    Cooper's constant blather about it keeps the bill on folks minds. Be quiet about
    it and it will fade away. Out of hearing, out of mind.

  • William Patterson Mar 3, 6:55 p.m.
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    we are sick of Berger and Moore .....