Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina proposed a compromise on the State’s colloquially named “bathroom bill” on February 14. He said that the new measure is crafted to allay any fears over safety in public bathrooms. The General Assembly, which is controlled by the GOP, dismissed it. Governor Cooper is a Democrat.
History of the bill
The law was given the seal of approval by Republican lawmakers in March 2016. Governor Pat McCrory also gave his seal of approval. The law triggered a backlash from LGBT advocates and businesses which accuse the bill of being discriminatory. The law requires transgender individuals to use public buildings’ restrooms in accordance with the sex printed on their birth certificates. Gender identity and sexual orientation were excluded. Anti-discrimination protections all over the state was not included in the bill. The federal trial to decide the fate of House Bill 2 is scheduled to start later in the summer.
Governor Cooper has a hard time when it comes to garnering support. Even close political allies did not support his ideas, although they support the gay rights movement. One prominent political ally even termed the proposal a not required distraction from repealing of what is known popular as the House Bill 2.
The proposal throws away House Bill 2. It also increases the penalties for crimes done in public bathrooms. This information was provided by the governor in a news conference with top Democratic leaders both in Senate and in the House. It will also inform local governments which seek ordinances covering gender identity and sexual orientation to give notice of 30 days to the legislators prior to doing so.
The House Bill 2 was passed by lawmakers post the Charlotte City Council giving its vote to expand local ordinance which will protect people based on their gender identity and sexual orientation at restaurants, public buildings, and hotels. Supporters of the bill put forward the argument that allowing individuals to select public bathrooms simply on gender identity can be utilized by sexual predators. They can pretend to enter public bathrooms of the other gender. Critics of the House Bill 2 and the US Justice Department have said that no such threat exists.
Phil Berger, the leader of the Senate, said that it is not enough to put stronger punishments in such cases. He said that he does not view the position of the governor as a compromise. He said that the governor is doing what he [the governor] was doing before.