Pat McCrory, the former governor of
North Carolina who signed House Bill 2 into law, has called repeal of
the legislation a defeat for LGBT activists.
Despite loud objections from LGBT
Governor Roy Cooper signed the legislation on Thursday.
House Bill 2 was approved last year
during a one-day special session. It blocks cities from enacting
LGBT protections and prohibits transgender people from using the
bathroom of their choice.
The compromise bill approved Thursday,
House Bill 142, repeals House Bill 2, but it also leaves bathroom
regulation to the state and enacts a moratorium on local LGBT
ordinances until December 1, 2020.
McCrory has blamed his reelection
defeat on the uproar over the controversial law.
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“The good news is this: [LGBT rights
advocate the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)] lost the battle,” McCrory
said during an appearance on Washington
Watch, the radio show hosted by Christian conservative Tony
Perkins. “With their resources and power and money, and their
tying to get some other corporations to help support them in the
battle … [The] fact of the matter is, they did not get a full
repeal of HB2.”
McCrory added that he believes the
issue will be decided by the Supreme Court.
“Hopefully, with a new Supreme Court
justice that's been nominated by President Trump, there will be a
ruling in which we keep the definition of gender as we've been using
in the 1964 Civil Rights Act for generations. And I think that's
where this is going to [be] resolved,” McCrory said, referring to
the right of transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.
A lawsuit brought by the ACLU to stop
enforcement of HB2 has likely been derailed by its repeal.