Editorial: NO DEALS: Legislature and McCrory should repeal HB2 - period

Posted September 19

A CBC Editorial: Monday, Sept. 19. 2016; Editorial# 8057
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

Gov. Pat McCrory and state leaders tell us HB2 has not hurt the North Carolina economy. Did they ask the dozens of communities, hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers in North Carolina that have lost work and tens of millions at the hands of the LGBT bashing legislation what they think? Obviously not.

PayPal, Deutche Bank, NBA, the NCAA and the ACC – to mention some of the most highly visible of many businesses and organizations – have recognized HB2 for the terrible discrimination it legalizes and taken their business and events elsewhere. The state’s taxpayers continue to spend money defending the bad law in the courts.

Following a week where the NCAA and the ACC announced championship events would be moved out of North Carolina, business and community leaders have grown increasingly desperate.

Lynn Minges, the head of the N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association, revealed that she’d been given “assurances” from legislative leaders that if Charlotte repealed its nondiscrimination ordinance – the act that prompted HB2 – then the General Assembly would repeal the law.

A few days later Ned Curran, the chairman of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, took to the op-ed pages of The Charlotte Observer to implore the Charlotte City Council and the General Assembly to take the deal.

“The proposal being considered provides for the city to take action Monday night to effectively repeal their ordinance contingent on the legislature then being called into special session by the governor and taking the actions necessary to repeal the law by the end of the week,” wrote Curran, who also serves as chairman of the State Board of Transportation for the McCrory administration.

“No one has to concede any ground on their beliefs or motives,” Curran added. By repealing the law, all sides get to recalibrate their approach to the issues.”

We disagree with Mr. Curran. STRONGLY. There is no question that HB2 should be repealed. But there is nothing that the city of Charlotte has to rescind or “recalibrate.” They should stand firm behind their ordinance.

For months McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, the state GOP and the legislative leadership, have been pinning the blame for the HB2 fallout, wrongly and irresponsibly, on Charlotte’s city council. The city council did nothing wrong. IT PASSED AN ORDINANCE SIMILAR TO LAWS AND ORDINANCES PASSED IN 200 OTHER COMMUNITIES AROUND THE NATION. The ordinances have been workable and responsible.

Rest assured, particularly in the highly charged atmosphere of the current campaign season, candidates are getting nervous. And they should be.

There is nothing stopping the governor from calling the General Assembly into special session. The only item for business should be simple repeal of HB2 – yes or no. That’s it. Voters would like to know how each incumbent candidate would vote on a repeal resolution. It is a key election issue.

It might not be too late, if the legislature acts quickly, for the NCAA and the ACC to reverse its decisions and restore the scheduled North Carolina events.

The problems that have befallen North Carolina after the hasty and poorly conceived passage of HB2 fall squarely on the shoulders of Gov. McCrory and the legislature’s leadership. They should have the conscience and integrity to repeal the bill, acknowledge and apologize for the terrible consequences at their hands and move on.

Charlotte should change nothing.


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  • Carol Smith Sep 19, 7:15 p.m.
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    McCrory owns hb2. There is no need for them to do anything. McCrory is looking for an excuse. I applaud mayor roberts!

  • Amy Whaley Sep 19, 6:49 p.m.
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    Also, the people of Charlotte had already voted against this ordinance once .... apparently the City Council didn't care.

  • Amy Whaley Sep 19, 6:48 p.m.
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    Charlotte violated a 2003 NC Supreme court ruling. http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ignore-the-hype-here-s-what-employers-66257/ The democrats knew they were creating smoke to sway an election year.... just my opinion.

  • Amy Whaley Sep 19, 6:46 p.m.
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    Jan there was no problem as you have pointed out and then the Charlotte City Council created on with their government mandated ordinance over both private and state businesses. In 2003, the NC Supreme court ruled ordinances such as these unconstitutional. This is a political ploy pulled by the democrats to sway the elections. Check out this link so that you can see what HB2 actually does and does not do. Oh, by the way, HB2 only applies to state buildings. http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ignore-the-hype-here-s-what-employers-66257/

  • Deborah Turner Sep 19, 4:34 p.m.
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    The concerns and opinions of the heterosexual women and girls in this matter have only been addressed by Gov. McCrory. Men SHOULD NEVER be allowed in a female public restroom for any reason. They have their own and if they don't like it, they can always wear diapers.

  • David Hartman Sep 19, 4:08 p.m.
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    Keep on obfuscating and deflecting in a failed attempt to promote your perverse social experimentation.

  • David Hartman Sep 19, 4:05 p.m.
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    WRAL content has gone from middle-of-the road to extreme liberalism; and that is truly pathetic and completely out of touch with the vast majority of North Carolinians.

    HB2 will stay, just like Federal Court recently ruled against Obama's blackmailing of schools for transgender 'rights'. Another of his endless pandering to the lgbt community. So far, 31 states have sued the Obama administration over this nonsense.

  • Aiden Audric Sep 19, 3:30 p.m.
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    Not all women menstruate.
    Not all men have testicles.

    Men can lactate.

  • Justin Briller Sep 19, 3:01 p.m.
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    If it keeps men out of the women's bathroom it needs to stay.

  • Matt Clinton Sep 19, 2:21 p.m.
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    Indeed it is, and I guarantee you that those opinions shape the rest of what we see and hear from WRAL. I suppose, in a way, they have done us a favor by putting their biases on display (and yes this is biased no matter if you agree with it or not). That way we consumers can do to WRAL what the NCAA, ACC, Paypal, etc. have done to North Carolina. We can take our business elsewhere.