What they said: Groups respond to HB2 repeal

"This measure strengthens privacy protections statewide by providing a complete preemption of local governments regulating bathrooms, changing rooms and showers so that women and children are protected across the state." — North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore


"We are deeply disappointed that the so-called repeal of House Bill 2 still limits local government’s ability to pass nondiscrimination or living wage ordinances. Working people in North Carolina deserve discrimination-free workplaces, higher wages and paid sick leave. Cities and counties that want to provide such protections to workers should be allowed to do so – now, not almost four years from now. While we support efforts to bring jobs back to North Carolina, imposing a moratorium that leaves working people vulnerable to discrimination and exploitation is shameful." — MaryBe McMillan, secretary-treasurer, North Carolina State AFL-CIO


"I would like to commend Republicans for all of their work and various stances on HB2, all the while uniting around the public policy goals of protecting privacy and security in bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities. HB2 was put in place because of a radical and politically motivated Charlotte Mayor and City Council, and unfortunately North Carolina's desire for bathroom safety was unfairly maligned by political opponents and partisan press.

"HB142 is a commitment to the people of North Carolina that bathroom policies are no longer up for grabs among local governments. Women and children will never have to feel vulnerable due to the actions of rogue City Council members. Like you, I have been frustrated by how unfairly Republicans have been treated on this issue. There is no doubt that we have good people of principal with opposing views about the wisdom of altering HB2. As a former legislator, member of Congress and candidate for governor, I am encouraged that today we secured the most important public policy victory – laws that provide safe, secure and private bathrooms for women and children." — Robin Hayes, chairman, North Carolina Republican Party


"For years, a reckless super-majority of Republicans in the General Assembly has imposed their extreme vision on North Carolina. In passing House Bill 2, they wrote discrimination into the law, and did untold damage to our state’s economy and reputation.

"As a Democrat and as a member of North Carolina’s LGBTQIA community, I know how difficult this bill is for my fellow progressives and my community. I also know that with a Republican super-majority in power, a full and unconditional repeal which recognizes the dignity of my community would not have passed.

"We have a lot of work to do. After today, the North Carolina Democratic Party under Chair Wayne Goodwin will continue the fight for full equality by electing progressive legislators to the General Assembly who will support Governor Cooper and rid our state of discrimination, once and for all." — Matt Hughes, second vice chairman, North Carolina Democratic Party


"This is a good day for the state and a positive step forward, specifically for the students, faculty and staff of the University of North Carolina, and we applaud our elected officials for the bipartisan manner in which they brokered this compromise. With today’s action and our continuing commitment to equal access and opportunity for all, we have every expectation that, once again, the University will be able to host national athletic events and professional conferences as we have for years." — Margaret Spellings, president, University of North Carolina


"Today’s repeal of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act allows our state and region to move forward. The Chamber asks legislators and elected leaders to continue working together to strengthen North Carolina and the Triangle region’s economy as well as to ensure an inclusive and welcoming environment that every citizen can enjoy." — Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce


"Sadly, North Carolina has failed families by giving in to hypocritical bullies like the NCAA and billion-dollar corporations. Every North Carolinian deserves to have their privacy respected in intimate settings like locker rooms and restrooms. One of government's essential duties is to protect the citizens it governs, not to create uncertainty about whether showers and locker rooms will still be safe for women and girls. North Carolina's economy is booming, so the state should not let the NCAA and others dictate the state’s policies and sell out their citizens’ interests based on flat-out lies about an economic doomsday that never happened." — Kellie Fiedorek, legal counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom


"This so-called ‘repeal’ of HB2 is a brutal compromise, the result of a Republican super-majority that is willing to hold North Carolina hostage and inflict economic damage on our state instead of extending dignity and respect to the LGBT community. North Carolina voters clearly want HB2 fully repealed, but Republican lawmakers remain married to their bigoted myths and phobias. Today’s legislation continues to ban local governments from protecting the LGBT community, and it does not change the anti-worker provisions of HB2 at all. This may satisfy the NCAA, but many in our state still feel left behind." — Gerrick Brenner, executive director, Progress NC Action


"I commend Gov. Cooper, House Speaker Moore and Senator Berger for achieving a bipartisan compromise that enables North Carolina to move past HB2 and restore our state’s reputation. North Carolina is stronger today because the two parties worked together." — Brad Wilson, president and chief executive, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina


"While this measure does not lead to the violation of the privacy of women and children by allowing the dangerous policies like Charlotte's to be re-established, it does signal that elected officials are ultimately willing to surrender to the courts and the NCAA on matters of safety and public policy. Lawmakers who voted for this legislation have no right to complain about activist judges. LGBT groups' fierce opposition to this compromise is very telling. For the Left, the only compromise they will accept is our total surrender." — Tony Perkins, president, Family Research Council


"NCRLA commends Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore, members of the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Roy Cooper for their work and leadership on the bipartisan compromise to repeal HB 2. This issue has been one of the most divisive in our state’s history, and we are thrilled to put this chapter behind us. North Carolina is a state that welcomes all, and the North Carolina hospitality industry looks forward to doing just that." — Lynn Minges, president and chief executive, North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association


"This is not a repeal of HB 2. Instead, they’re reinforcing the worst aspects of the law. North Carolina lawmakers should be ashamed of this backroom deal that continues to play politics with the lives of LGBT North Carolinians." — James Esseks, director, American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT Project


"Lawmakers replaced a bad bill with another bad bill. This fake repeal is an attempt to silence LGBT people. It is shameful to stamp a start date on equality. We demand a full, clean repeal, and that includes comprehensive nondiscrimination protections. Do not leave our community unprotected in the name of ‘compromise. We urge the governor to veto this bill, and we encourage the NCAA to stay on the right side on history." — Simone Bell, regional director, Lambda Legal


"The North Carolina Chamber thanks House and Senate leadership and the Governor for coming together to find a solution on a bipartisan basis. We now look forward to returning the focus to issues that will continue to secure North Carolina’s future as a competitive leader for jobs and the economy." — Lew Ebert, president and chief executive, North Carolina Chamber


"After more than a year of inaction, today North Carolina lawmakers doubled-down on discrimination. This new law does not repeal HB2. Instead, it institutes a statewide prohibition on equality by banning nondiscrimination protections across North Carolina and fuels the flames of anti-transgender hate. Each and every lawmaker who supported this bill has betrayed the LGBTQ community. HRC will explore every legal action to combat this dangerous legislation, and we urge all businesses, sports leagues and entertainers who have fought against HB2 to continue standing strong with the LGBTQ community attacked by this hateful law." — Chad Griffin, president, Human Rights Campaign


"HB2 was hastily passed without any input from the LGBTQ community just one year ago. Today, we returned to the legislature with a deal made between Governor Cooper, Phil Berger and Tim Moore that once again left out the ones most impacted by the discriminatory law – LGBTQ North Carolinians. Lawmakers and Governor Cooper have failed to resolve the problems with HB2 by doubling down on discrimination. Once again, the North Carolina General Assembly has enshrined discrimination into North Carolina law." — Chris Sgro, executive director, Equality North Carolina


"This bill and those like it are based on the vicious lie that trans people represent some type of danger to others when, in fact, there are thousands of school children who have been terrorized by HB 2 and thousands of parents constantly worried about the safety of their children. The best thing North Carolina can do is to simply repeal HB 2 outright, not this outrageously veiled attack on anti-discrimination." — Mara Keisling, executive director, National Center for Transgender Equality


"It’s highly frustrating that Senator Berger and Speaker Moore have held this state hostage from ever taking a vote on a full repeal of House Bill 2, which is what most North Carolinians want. The kind of economic and personal damage House Bill 2 inflicted on our state and our students will take decades to recover from, if we can recover at all. We will continue to work with Governor Cooper to end discrimination once and for all, to make our schools welcoming for all students, and to help elect candidates who hold those same values." — Mark Jewell, president, North Carolina Association of Educators


"We are very disappointed state lawmakers failed to repeal HB 2 in entirety today. This new bill keeps the most harmful parts of the law intact and is just as bad for small businesses as the original version of the law. Small businesses need a full repeal of HB 2, not a so-called 'compromise' that is just a rehash of the same legislation.

"Unfortunately, today’s repeal bill leaves in place key aspects of the original law, including preventing municipalities from enacting local nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people until 2020. This provision is harmful and is out of touch with what small-business owners want. Small Business Majority’s polling found 67 percent of North Carolina entrepreneurs believe the state should have a law prohibiting employment discrimination against gay and transgender individuals. Additionally, eight in 10 small-business owners across the country support protecting LGBT individuals against discrimination in public accommodations, such as restaurants, hotels and other businesses that are open to the public.

"If lawmakers truly want to prevent more damage to the state’s economy and small businesses, they should allow local governments to pass nondiscrimination ordinances; or even better, the state should pass a law that ends discrimination once and for all. That is the only way to show that North Carolina is truly open for business to everyone." — Erik Rettig, Mid-Atlantic director, Small Business Majority


"North Carolina's brand and continued economic prosperity should not be beholden to the loudest voices on either the far-left or the far-right who don't have our state's best interests in mind. I'm glad that state lawmakers were able to reach a commonsense compromise to repeal HB2." — U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis


"These chambers were filled today with men and women who have been under a full-court press by the NCAA and the business community for months, and today, the leaders of our State have let the people of North Carolina down. The truth remains, no basketball game, corporation, or entertainment event is worth even one little girl losing her privacy and dignity to a boy in the locker room, or being harmed or frightened in a bathroom. Today, each member cast a vote based on what they believed was in the best interest of their constituents and North Carolina.

"HB2 was a compassionate, reasonable law that guaranteed that wouldn’t happen and provided sensitive solutions for transgender individuals as well so that everyone’s privacy was protected. NC Values Coalition remains committed to advocating for a statewide standard on privacy protections in bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities in our schools and public buildings. Our municipalities should never erode our State’s business-friendly climate by empowering cities to create a patchwork of regulations across the state to force business owners to violate their beliefs or be subject to fines and frivolous lawsuits.

"I am grateful for the lawmakers who remained steadfast to these principals and the thousands of coalition members that today urged them to vote against the repeal. Today’s repeal vote maintains separate facilities for men and women and leaves regulation of multi-occupancy facilities to the state; however, it leaves the state without a statewide public policy on privacy and safety in bathrooms, locker rooms and showers and simply kicks this debate three years down the road.

"I hope that our state will learn from this and stand stronger in the future against the bullying and intimidation tactics of groups like the NCAA, the NBA, and billion dollar corporations who care more about their political, hypocritical agendas than the well-being and dignity of the people in our great state." — Tami Fitzgerald, executive director, North Carolina Values Coalition


"HB2 must be repealed in full. This bill is anti-worker, anti-access to the courts and anti-LGBTQ. It is shameful for Tim Moore and Phil Berger to demand a discriminatory compromise on a bill that should have never been passed in the first place. Setting a moratorium on local governments ability to pass anti-discrimination ordinances and to regulate private employment practices is another sweeping act of hubris by the legislature and takes power from officials elected by the people to serve the rights of the people. This is a bait and switch. We fought against this tactic when this same legislature sought to strip power from the Governor, disregarding their constitutional obligations in an effort to silence the voice of the voters. We will continue to fight against retaliatory voter suppression, anti-worker legislation and any backroom efforts to enshrine discrimination in our laws. Above all, any moratorium on civil rights is not a compromise, it is a contradiction with the principle of equal protection under the law and our moral values. We call on all those who stand for justice to vote no on compromise and pass a clean, full repeal of HB2." — Rev. William Barber, president, North Carolina NAACP