Now that Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is on his way out, North Carolina has made a move to rescind its controversial “bathroom bill.”
The Republican-led state legislature has agreed to hold a special session on Tuesday to repeal its “House Bill 2,” which dictates that people must use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender they were born,” CNN reported.
In exchange, the city of Charlotte voted on Monday to repeal its “Non-Discrimination Ordinance,” that allowed transgendered people to use whatever bathroom they want to, which was the trigger for the state to pass its bill.
“There are many issues that require a positive and collaborative relationship between the City and State. The City pledges commitment to that partnership,” the city of Charlotte said in a statement.
Outgoing Gov. McCrory issued a statement in which he blamed the bill for his election loss and said he “has always publicly advocated a repeal of the overreaching Charlotte ordinance.”
He added that the city council’s “sudden reversal with little notice after the gubernatorial election sadly proves this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor’s race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state.”
Gov-elect Roy Cooper, who won a narrow victory, said that Republicans in the legislature “assured me that as a result of Charlotte’s vote, a special session will be called for Tuesday to repeal HB-2 in full. I hope they will keep their word to me and with the help of Democrats in the legislature, HB-2 will be repealed in full.”
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