House Bill 2 is off the books, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has said North Carolina will get post-season games back, and the state is waiting for word from the NCAA as to whether the repeal effort was enough to clear the way for more championship games, but many groups on both sides of the political spectrum are unhappy with the deal struck last week in HB142.
The compromise bill repealed the Public Facilities and Privacy Act and gave the state the General Assembly authority over regulating the use of “multiple occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities.”
It would also put a nearly four-year moratorium on local governments enacting or amending ordinances regulating private employment practices or regulating public accommodations.
The North Carolina NAACP called repeal bill an insult to civil rights, while the American Civil Liberties Union’s national and state wings came out against the repeal, calling it no repeal at all.
The Human Rights Campaign also came out against the repeal bill, calling it “HB2.0”
Last Wednesday, prior to repeal, HRC President Chad Griffin said, “The rumored HB2 ‘deal’ does nothing more than double-down on discrimination and would ensure North Carolina remains the worst state in the nation for LGBTQ people. The consequences of this hateful law will only continue without full repeal of HB2. Sellouts cave under pressure. Leaders fight for what’s right.”
Chris Sgro, executive director if Equality NC, said before the vote on repeal, “This proposal is a train wreck that would double down on anti-LGBTQ discrimination. North Carolinians want a clean repeal of HB2, and we urge our allies not to sell us out. Those who stand for equality and with LGBTQ people are standing strong against these antics. We’ve got less than 24 hours before the NCAA deadline. There is no time to waste – our leaders must fight for what’s right, and that is full repeal.”
There is little sign that opponents are moderating their stands. Over the weekend, left-leaning groups were organizing a Twitter campaign to convince the NCAA to maintain its ban on post-season games in the state until the state removes the temporary moratorium on non-discrimination policies.
As of press time, the NCAA had not made a decision regarding whether the repeal effort will clear the state for post-season games.
Some conservatives also expressed disappointment. “The leaders of our state have let the people of North Carolina down,” Tami Fitzgerald of the NC Values Coalition said in reaction to the passage of HB142. She added that the repeal of HB2 “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.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement that although the repeal 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.”