Republican leaders in North Carolina
are floating a fix to a controversial law that targets the LGBT
House Bill 2 has been under fire since
it was approved in March during a one-day special session. The law
blocks cities from enacting LGBT protections and prohibits
transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice in
government buildings, including schools.
Passage led to canceled conventions and
concerts and even job losses for the state.
According to NBC
News, the “fix” would involve creating an official document
that recognizes a person's gender reassignment. The document is
meant to ease complaints that altering a birth certificate to reflect
a person's true gender identity can be difficult.
ACLU of North Carolina's Chris Brook
criticized the proposal, saying that it “does nothing to protect
LGBT people in North Carolina.”
“Instead, it doubles down on
discrimination. The only way to stop the damage caused by HB2 is to
fully repeal it once and for all,” he added.
According to the
AP, lawmakers are working on a bill that sets aside $500,000 to
defend House Bill 2 in court.