The North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday declined to repeal the controversial HB2 bathroom bill. The controversial bill banned Trans people and female impersonators from using the bathrooms of their choice.
The General Assembly met in a special session on Wednesday to vote to repeal the bill that cost the state’s economy nearly $500 million.
The special session was announced by incoming Governor-elect Roy Cooper who battled outgoing Governor Republican Gov. Pat McCrory over the bill.
McCrory signed the bill into law after reviewing it for just one day earlier this year.
Cooper’s announcement that lawmakers would vote to repeal the bill on Wednesday lifted the hopes of the LGBT community and their allies.
After failing to reach a vote on repealing the HB2 bill, lawmakers adjourned the special session.
The General Assembly is back in session on January 11th.
HB2 requires people to use the restroom according to their biological sex listed on their birth certificate in government buildings, schools, and universities. The law also excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from anti-discrimination protections and blocks municipalities from adopting their own anti-discrimination and living wage rules. Source
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