The following is a column by Mark Shiver, host of “What Matters in North Carolina”
The strong voice of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest could be heard rising above the chatter in Raleigh, as legislators gathered in a special session to repeal HB 2. While there was guarded hope among both Democrats and Republicans that resolution to the issue of HB 2 was within reach, there were many who were wondering what happened to the commitment to the safety of women and young girls that heretofore had been such an important part of the defense of the bill.
Since HB 2 was passed conservatives and pro-family leaders have stood behind the NC General Assembly in support of their taking a stand for safety in bathrooms, showers, locker rooms and changing rooms. But seemingly overnight willingness to repeal HB 2 emerged simply because Charlotte said it was going to overturn their already invalidated ordinance. In reality, it was unconstitutional and had been overridden by HB 2. Its repeal was nothing more than political theater.
Apparently Governor-elect Roy Cooper brokered a deal wherein if Charlotte would go through the entirely symbolic act of repealing their ordinance, the General Assembly would repeal HB 2. No mention was made of the consideration of those who had stood up in support of the legislature, no reference to the safety of women and young children. Instead there was agreement that the law needed to go.
Agreement except from a leader like Forest. Prior to the convening of the session to repeal HB 2, Forest issued the following statement:
My statement regarding Special Session to repeal HB2 pic.twitter.com/uZkkVui5LT
— Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (@LtGovDanForest) December 21, 2016
North Carolina has never had a discussion on the veracity of the transgender movement. Public universities like UNC-Chapel Hill offer a myriad of “gender identities” from which a student can choose, as if their mere listing on an application make them legitimate. Facebook offers over 50. The lack of serious discussion and objection has allowed what is an immutable foundation of our society to be trampled and undone in the name of progressive thought and acceptance.
Daniel Horowitz from Conservative Review wrote earlier today, “This is about a lot more than bathrooms. This is about eradicating any uniqueness of the two genders God created.” The difference between what is truth and reality versus what are feelings or how one identifies is stark.
Horowitz too applauds the leadership of Forest, calling him “one of the heroes in this fight.” Perhaps if Forest were governor there would have been no special session called to repeal HB 2, and the circus that was yesterday’s session would have been avoided. One thing is certain, North Carolina needs strong leadership more now than ever. Forest would be a good role model for his fellow Republicans to follow.