Rev. Mark H. Creech , Christian Post
Thursday, the North Carolina General Assembly repealed the controversial HB 2, commonly known as the “bathroom law.” Lawmakers had been under horrendous pressure from Left-leaning influences since its passage more than a year ago.
The repeal was not straight-up, however. It was touted as a compromise. And though some people on both sides of the issues represented in HB 2 may claim victory, compromises typically also represent partial defeats. This means, at least for the moment, supporters of HB 2 have suffered losses.
Here’s what’s been lost in the repeal of HB 2, as I see it.
1. There is now no longer any explicit statewide policy about bathrooms and changing facilities. With respect to who is and isn’t allowed in the restroom or changing facility, the repeal takes us back to where the state was before Charlotte passed its egregious ordinance. This would include some penalties for trespassing, indecent exposure, peeping, etc.
2. HB 2 blocked local governments from requiring “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) policies for those who wanted to contract business with them. Gov. Roy Cooper contends cities and county governments are now free to apply such requirements. HB 2 had removed all doubt that these laws were invalidated. This is no longer the case.