Yesterday, in a special session, the North Carolina Senate rejected legislation that would have repealed HB-2, the common-sense legislation that overruled the City of Charlotte’s controversial “bathroom” ordinance, which was implemented earlier this year.
In February, the Charlotte City Council passed a sexual orientation and gender identity, or SOGI, accommodation measure that essentially undermined religious liberty protections for business owners and would allow anyone to use sex-specific facilities on the basis of identity, regardless of biological sex. Similar SOGI accommodation policies implemented in cities like Houston, or by companies like Target, have led to safety concerns because they effectively allow men in women’s restrooms and fitting rooms.
Many have criticized the City of Charlotte and the liberal supporters of the Charlotte ordinance for pursuing a political agenda over common sense and safety. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory alluded to the damage caused by the misinformation campaign surrounding the situation saying:
“The sudden reversal, with little notice after the gubernatorial election has ended, sadly proves this entire issue, originated by the political left, was all about politics at the expense of Charlotte and the entire state of North Carolina.”
Many corporations like PayPal and other companies that joined advocacy efforts with groups like EqualityNC tried to bully North Carolina into repealing HB-2. Even sports organizations like the Atlantic Coast Conference and the National Basketball Association participated in the political grandstanding by moving athletic events to other states.
However, it appears that the large corporations and their coalitions don’t have the clout to overturn reasonable protections for business owners and individuals as North Carolina still has not given in, despite the efforts by liberals to hold the state hostage.
We’ll continue to monitor the situation in North Carolina as it develops, especially as corporations continue to weigh in on these issues that ultimately undermine the 1st Amendment.