Pat McCrory Clarifies Bathroom Bill: LGBT Law In North Carolina Gets Slight Modification

April 13, 2016 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Big businesses win again. After countless companies took a stand, Pat McCrory’s so-called bathroom bill is being modified. Mr. McCrory will make minor changes to the law so workers, who were fired due to their sex, age, race or gender, can sue the state.

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After hearing the sound of businesses rushing out of his state, Pat McCrory changed his bathroom bill – slightly. Few weeks ago, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, better known as “bathroom bill,” which requires residents of the state and visitors to use gender-specific restroom and locker room access in government buildings and schools.

The passing of the law caused an uproar in the LGBT community and pushed many companies like PayPal, Deutsche Bank, Google, and Pepsi to announce that they will cancel business plans that they had in the state. Officials in a handful of states including New York and Washington revealed that their government employees would not travel to North Carolina for scheduled events.

Numerous artists and sports stars made it clear that they were not taking part in events held in North Carolina. Late Tuesday, McCrory said that after receiving a lot of feedback from the public he has decided to make a tiny change to the bill.

He signed an executive order that allows North Carolina workers, who believe they have been wrongfully terminated due to their sex, age, race or gender to sue. McCrory said in a video announcement:

“I will immediately seek legislation in the upcoming short session to reinstate the right to sue for discrimination in North Carolina state courts. Simply put, I have listened to the people of North Carolina, and the people of North Carolina are entitled to both privacy and equality. We can and we must achieve both of these goals. Now, I know these actions will not totally satisfy everyone, but the vast majority of our citizens want common-sense solutions to complex issues.”

In that same video, McCrory slammed those, who are against the bill by saying:

“I come to the conclusion that there is a great deal of misinformation, misinterpretation, confusion, a lot of passion and, frankly, selective outrage and hypocrisy, especially against the great state of North Carolina…I don’t regret signing the law because Charlotte had forced the issue by its government overreach in an ordinance mandating more rules upon private businesses.”

Chris Sgro, the executive director of Equality NC, a nonprofit, which advocates for LGBT people, said he is happy that the governor modified the bill, but is still frustrated by the fact that he did not repeal it. Sgro shared:

“Workplace protections for state employees, that is important. That is something that our allies have been fighting for for 10 years, not just short term, so we’re glad to see that.”

It is now up to the General Assembly to take up a repeal of the lawsuit provision.

What are your thoughts on Pat McCrory’s bathroom bill modification?

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    1. Shannon Smite says:

      Everyone deserves equal human rights.

    2. MARY BERG says:

      Our ancestors risked their lives to even step foot on American soil, then proceeded to work like maniacs to make a better life for their families for generations to come.

      The Greatest Generation, just a couple of generations back, fought to the death to halt the barbaric hoards of Nazi, Fascists & Japanese Imperialists, so we Boomers & our progeny, can be free, happy & healthy, living ‘the good life’.

      Then WHAT has the loony left turned all of this blood, sweat & toil into in this day ‘n age?! Political-Correct battles about who uses WHAT bathroom!!

      THIS is what occupies the minds of self-obsessed, navel-gazing, public-school indoctrinated liberals who haven’t a clue what real life is about, only what their elitist ‘handlers’ have force-fed them about PC-ness in the world.

      Our country is spiraling downward into oblivion, and all the lefties & cowering repub’s can focus on, is what’s going to keep the trannies & cross-over’s & other weirdo’s happy and content.

      Either we wake up to the REALITY of what we’ve done to our country, or there really IS no chance of survival.

      We have shamed our ancestors and squandered their sacrifices.

      • Terry says:

        So you think it’s better for a f to m trans that looks and acts like a man to go into the woman’s rest room than a m to f trans that looks and acts like a woman? That is ridiculous. And you are setting up the possibility of a straight male to go to the woman’s restroom claiming to be a transsexual.
        Why do you worry so much about people that are different and have zero effect on you?

      • carmine carbone says:

        Mary Berg
        I wish I can write as well as you I agree 100% on you comment…God Bless you….. maybe if more americans read post like yours we have a chance to survive.

    3. Paul Zepp says:

      The bill should not have contained these provisions in the first place. So repealing it not does not change the fact that there is an underlying discriminatory atmosphere in the NC legislature.

    4. Greg says:

      I look at a study done at Princeton the other day. The study showed that the “one percenters” are able to get laws passed by our legislatures 100% of the time. When citizens want a law to pass legislatures pass those laws 30% of the time and only if the “one percenters” want it. So where is the surprise?

    5. Jim Carpenter says:

      A stadium full of Christians can’t pray because our very presence is offensive to PayPal, Google, Mozilla, Target, CocaCola, Pepsi, etc. as well as Democr

      • Terry says:

        That is nonsense. And why do you feel it so necessary to force your religion on everyone else?

    6. Jim Smith says:

      When ever possible, boycott the company’s and “artist ” that boycotted NC.
      Stand with NC
      Stand against corporate bullying

      • Terry says:

        Yes, stand with 21st century Jim Crow. Most of the south is still stuck in the 19th century.

    7. Michael says:

      Nobody should be fired for their beliefs. However, I agree with the Governor that transsexuals should not be allowed to share bathrooms or showers with anyone of the opposite sex. I have 2 daughters and I sure as hell don’t want a Transgender man with tits and a penis sharing the same bathroom or shower!
      I’m sick and tired of gays, lesions and Transgender shoving their beliefs down our throats, just because they think it’s politically correct!
      Politicians and others have made being a Christian, not politically correct and declaring War against Christians.

      • Terry says:

        So you had rather your daughter share it with a f to m trans that looks and acts like a man?

        • Anon says:

          Why don’t we just make bathrooms for trans so everyone is happy huh?. Or just use one of those unisex bathroom rooms. And I personally think if your a dude go in a dudes bathroom. If your a woman go into a woman’s bathroom how fuc*ing hard is it to decide? Have the genders go into their own bathroom’s that’s what different bathrooms are made for.

    8. Louisa says:

      I have lived here in N.C. my whole life, and for the first time I’m ashamed to live here. This so called governor has really shined a negative light on this state, not only through this bill, but also the previous ones. I can’t wait to cast my vote in November cause I want him out of here. I’m sure there are others that feel the same..

    9. Mark Wells says:

      Thank you Mary Berg for such an insightful and clearly well stated observation. There are too few people left who will be so bold as to take a stand in defense of the moral, and satisfyingly reasonable convictions that God’s reality (the only one) consists of.

      Gov. McCrory did a good thing initially and it’s unfortunate that he was forced to compromise.

      America, discrimination is a good thing!

      Only a fool doesn’t use it.

      Terry you’re using it…. against your own conscience. Truth is the only thing that has power my friend. The only thing that can heal and satisfy.

    10. barry says:

      why does 99% of all people have to change and accept the queers and weirdo’s way but they don’t have to accept our way ?

    11. Barbara says:

      Most pedophiles (child molesters, child porn watchers, etc) are heterosexual, even by percentage (which puts paid to the idea that there are only more hetero pedophiles because there are many more heterosexuals). I believe in being PC; I believe it’s called “good manners”. Not being transgendered, nor having any trans friends (to my knowledge), I do not know if such people would find a third bathroom choice discrimination or a reasonable accommodation to allay the fears of the unreasonable. That third choice bathroom already exists in some retail stores: it’s the “family” bathroom, which allows a woman to supervise her son in a restroom, and a father to supervise a daughter in a restroom, without offending anyone. This is a single bathroom, not a group bathroom, so their are no chances for predators to be in there with your family. I believe that if this bathroom could also be used by mid-change transgendered people, again so that there is no offense taken over an apparent man in the women’s bathroom or vice-versa. Once the gender transition surgeries are complete, the person would of course be free to use the bathroom of their psychological and now physical gender. I am open to being enlightened by mid-transition people who find this too discriminatory, but hope to also hear from mid-transition people who believe that this is a discriminatory but necessary compromise for the fearful few, not to mention their own safety.

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