‘How North Carolina Just Passed a Blood-Curdling Anti-LGBT Law Right Before Our Eyes’, HuffPo
“HB2 is the most heinous, homophobic, transphobic law we have ever seen — just read it. McCrory, running for re-election in November, put out a statement that used transgender “bathroom panic,“ which LGBT leaders still have not figured out how to battle since the stunning defeat in Houston, to justify rescinding protections for thousands across the state. The new law basically rewrites the state’s civil rights laws to protect on the basis of race, color, country of origin, religion, age and “biological sex,” creating a new category meant to exclude transgender people.
How it overturns existing ordinances protecting LGBT people in localities — and seeks to get around the Supreme Court’s landmark Romer v. Evans decision — is by not singling LGBT people out: HB2 states that any local ordinances protecting any group that is not protected statewide with regard to wages, employment or public accommodations are officially rescinded. So, they’re not targeting LGBT people, they will tell you, legalistically — they’re targeting anyone and everyone equally.”
From the Washington Post:
“Supporters of the law argued that action was necessary to rein in local governments from overreaching in their authority, and to protect women and children. The new law forbids municipalities from passing their own anti-discrimination rules; rather, it imposes a statewide standard that leaves out sexual orientation and gender identity. It also prohibits county and city governments from requiring local businesses to pay a minimum wage above the current state level of $7.25 per hour. In tweets this week, McCrory said he signed the legislation “to stop the breach of basic privacy and etiquette, ensure privacy in bathrooms and locker rooms.” He said Charlotte’s ordinance “defied common sense, allowing men to use women’s bathroom/locker room for instance.”
The Greenboro News:
“In North Carolina, however, it’s painfully obvious that official state policy is hostile to the gay and transgender communities. From Amendment One to a law allowing state officials to refuse to facilitate legal same-sex marriages to, now, repealing local protections against discrimination, the state of North Carolina has made it abundantly clear that this population is unwelcome — whatever attitudes cities hold to the contrary.
It’s disappointing that Gov. Pat McCrory immediately signed the bill. A sweeping measure with statewide impact was introduced, voted on and signed into law all in one day, with virtually no time allowed for public and business input — although major corporations are sounding alarms now.”
But oh, my, have folks been fighting back, and good on them! They’re pushing for the sanctimonious anti-human rights bill to be repealed. Protests have been going on since Thursday. I will say for the record that ‘no time allowed for business input’ might have been better said ‘no time for moral or ethical suasion’. But as we know, bidness speaks more loudly than considerations of human rights.
And yes; I fervently believe that the women and children can handle gender neutral bathrooms. But if at first they can’t, it could lead to some enlightening bathroom discussions, yes?
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Please, please know that it will get better; love, in the end, is stronger than hate. There are so many bigots abroad, but we are many, and will create the power and better angels we need…in the long run. “If we poison our children with hatred, then a hard life is all that they’ll know”.