North Carolina Lawmakers Compromise on Controversial Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Thursday, March 30, 2017

North Carolina Lawmakers Compromise on Controversial Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

North Carolina’s Senate approved a compromised version of the state’s transgender bathroom bill on Thursday.

On Wednesday, North Carolina’s Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Twitter that a compromise had been reached on the state’s bathroom bill.

“I support the House Bill 2 repeal compromise,” he tweeted, saying the compromise wasn’t a “perfect deal, but it begins to repair our reputation.”

Also, Wednesday, Sen. Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore announced at a press conference that an agreement had indeed been reached.

The original bathroom bill requires transgender people to use bathrooms based on their birth certificate gender rather than by the gender with which they identify. Since the bill has passed, the NCAA has said they will not hold any athletic events in the state until the bill is repealed.

The NCAA has not commented on the new bill, but they had said they would not host any events through 2022 unless the law was changed.

The new bill still bans local municipalities, public schools and others from regulating bathroom access.

The proposal will now go to the House for a vote, and if approved, to Cooper.

While it’s expected that Cooper will approve the measure, a report from the Associated Press said that Cooper had withdrew his support of the bill.


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Publication date: March 30, 2017