North Carolina GOP Offers To Repeal ‘Bathroom Bill’ Under One Condition

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North Carolina GOP leaders offered to repeal the state’s “bathroom bill” under the condition that Charlotte drop the ordinance that caused the bill.

Gov. Pat McCrory and GOP lawmakers suggested calling a special session to repeal the HB2 bill, reports CBS News.

The Charlotte city ordinance made it illegal for businesses to discriminate against gay and transgender customers. The ordinance applied to restaurants, public places and taxis.

HB2, passed in response, prevented local governments from passing ordinances similar to Charlotte’s. HB2 also dictated that transgenders must use the bathroom according to their birth certificate.

“We believe that if the Charlotte City Council rescinds its ordinance there would be support in our caucuses to return state law to where it was pre-H.B. 2,” House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger said in a statement.

Celebrities like Bruce Springsteen canceled concerts in North Carolina as protest to HB2. Pay Pal refused to bring 400 jobs to the state as well.

In response to the bill, the NBA announced its intention to move the 2017 All-Star Game from the state. (RELATED:  NBA Moves All-Star Game Out Of North Carolina Due To Bathroom Law)

Charlotte’s mayor, Jennifer Roberts, has not said whether the city would consider repealing the ordinance. “We are not prepared to add this item to our agenda this evening, however, we urge the state to take action as soon as possible and encourage continued dialogue with the broader community,” Roberts said before the council meeting Monday.

Robin Hayes, the North Carolina Republican Party chairman, blamed Roberts and Attorney General Roy Cooper for not working on a compromise.

“By again blocking a compromise deal, it is clear that both Roy Cooper and Jennifer Roberts want to keep this issue alive to raise campaign cash and ultimately change the definition of gender in our country,” he said in a statement.

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