House Bill 2 is about discrimination, not bathrooms

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HB2 continues to damage the state and has echoed a national debate about LGBT rights as the Republican National Convention takes place this week and highlights an agenda that is increasingly hostile towards the LGBT community. The legislation is more than just about bathrooms, it legalizes inherent discrimination based on one's sexuality or identity. 

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Those behind HB2 can dress this despicable law up anyway they want. Efforts to say that the law is about safety is a disguise more suited for Halloween.

So, why the desperation? Why the need to justify a bad law? Across the nation at least 250 cities and counties, including Cleveland where the Republican Party will be holding its national convention next week, have ordinances similar to the one Charlotte attempted to adopt.  None have seen any turmoil as a result.

It is a brazen and transparent effort to manufacture an emotional divide, to stoke fears and prejudice to drive one group of voters to the polls and keep others away. It is a tried-and-true technique that has roots with the imposition of Jim Crow laws in North Carolina and across the South more than a century ago.

The impact of this discriminatory law continues to reverberate around the state and nation. Recently, 68 of the nation’s largest companies, some homegrown, others with operations in the state or with jobs and facilities North Carolina would like to lure, filed an amicus brief supporting the federal government’s efforts to have HB2 declared unconstitutional.

Other than the cynical effort to pander for votes, do Gov. Pat McCrory, Sen. Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore and the others who back this legislation, really believe that it is ok to discriminate against other people; to be able to refuse to serve them at the lunch counter; to force them out of their jobs; to deny them the most basic of human rights – just on the basis of being gay or transsexual? Do they really think this bigotry is justified?

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  1. Scott Coble's avatar
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    In May of this year I was on vacation out of the country. Admiring my southern accent I was often ask where I was from originally. When I said NC to other Americans their reply was "Oh I'm sorry." Regardless of where they were from within the US they all knew about HB2. It was so embarrassing. Eventually I just said "From the state of HB2" and their response was: "Oh, NC". I made me mindful of the years Jesse Helms was our senator. . I live and work in this state and pay my taxes. HB2 is so ridiculous. Whether male or female we have all used the bathroom with a transgender person without being the wiser. But when you openly discriminate against someone because of race, gender, religious beliefs or sexual identity this is so totally against the Constitution of the US.. Maybe the citizens of NC against HB2 should just refuse to pay our taxes. Just a thought.
  2. Mike Andrew's avatar
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    A few weeks ago I took my daughters to the Clinton rally here in Charlotte to see the president speak and for Girl Scout reasons. There were two bathrooms with both signs. The men went to one and the women the other. Naturally. When the men's line dwindled down a few women came from the other line. They asked me if there doors with locks on the stalls. I said yes. They pondered it and I told them to go for it and they did. <br /> <br /> Not perverts, just two women needing to pee.
  3. Mike Andrew's avatar
    Mike Andrew
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    A few weeks ago I took my daughters to the Clinton rally here in Charlotte to see the president speak and for Girl Scout reasons. There were two bathrooms with both signs. The men went to one and the women the other. Naturally. When the men's line dwindled down a few women came from the other line. They asked me if there doors with locks on the stalls. I said yes. They pondered it and I told them to go for it and they did. <br /> <br /> Not perverts, just two women needing to pee.
  4. Mike Andrew's avatar
    Mike Andrew
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    A few weeks ago I took my daughters to the Clinton rally here in Charlotte to see the president speak and for Girl Scout reasons. There were two bathrooms with both signs. The men went to one and the women the other. Naturally. When the men's line dwindled down a few women came from the other line. They asked me if there doors with locks on the stalls. I said yes. They pondered it and I told them to go for it and they did. <br /> <br /> Not perverts, just two women needing to pee.
  5. Bella's avatar
    Bella
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    The amazing thing is that these are the very airwaves where Jesse Helms spewed his hateful bile and set the stage for his political career. The change is appreciated, even if they are a little late to the game.
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