A North Carolina law limiting bathroom access for transgender people could be repealed this week after months of protests and economic boycotts over legislation decried as discriminatory. Chris Dignam reports.
Outgoing North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, in a surprise move, calling for the state legislature to convene on Wednesday to consider repealing its controversial bathroom law, which has cost the state jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic losses. "As I promised months ago, if the Charlotte ordinance was repealed, I would call our general assembly into special session to reconsider existing state legislation passed earlier this year." In a video message posted late Monday, the Republican governor saying that the decision came when the city council in Charlotte voted to remove local anti-discrimination measures that triggered the statewide HB2 law, which limits bathroom and locker room access for transgender people. McCrory calling the move by Democrats to kill the nondiscrimination ordinance proof they had fueled the whole debate. "The sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election has ended sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics." McCrory lost North Carolina's razor-thin election - which was seen as a referendum on the bathroom law. He said he backed it to combat government overreach in Charlotte. The legislation, the first of its kind, catapulted the state to the forefront of U.S. culture wars over LGBT rights…sparking lawsuits, economic boycotts, months of protests and cancelled events. In a statement, Republican lawmakers called North Carolina's incoming governor Roy Cooper dishonest, but acknowledged they would heed McCrory's call.