The effort to rescind North Carolina’s hotly contested state “bathroom bill” has failed, after Republican and Democratic lawmakers adjourned a special session Wednesday without repealing HB2.
The state Senate voted 32-16 on a bipartisan basis against repealing the law, which requires public restrooms and locker rooms to be segregated based on biological sex rather than gender identity. The repeal measure included an amendment that would have prohibited local municipalities from permitting opposite-sex restroom access until a long-term, statewide compromise could be reached — an add-on that helped kill the repeal bill.
The gay rights movement — which spearheaded a boycott in North Carolina that cost the state the NBA’s All-Star Game, a host of NCAA championship games and a new PayPal office — condemned the legislature’s vote and accused Republicans of failing to hold up their end of the deal. – READ MORE