North Carolina lawmakers vote to undo 'bathroom bill'


"I remain committed to full protection of LGBT people".

Roy Cooper and state lawmakers reached a deal Wednesday night to repeal the state's controversial "bathroom bill" that restricted transgender individuals to using facilities relating the gender on their birth certificates.

House Bill 142 cleared the Senate 32-16, with senators from both parties voting against it.

"Today's law immediately removes that restriction".

Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said the repeal bill was a "disaster" which only "doubles down on discrimination" of LGBT people in the state.

As a result, it was unclear whether the retreat from HB2 would quell the furor or satisfy the NCAA. Rep. Scott Stone (R) said the fact both the right and the left dislike this bill means "it is a true compromise".

Protesters gather outside the N.C. General Assembly to advocate for the repeal of House Bill 2.

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"We are impeding the growth in our revenue, in our ability to do more things for tourism, for teacher pay, while we have this stigma hanging over", Stone said.

The proposed change to HB2 has also angered some conservatives who supported the original measure.

The governor said he wanted a law that added protections for LGBTQ North Carolinians, but said that wasn't possible with Republicans holding a supermajority in the Legislature.

The replacement bill will next go to the Senate before moving through the House later in the day. It also says state legislators - not local government or school officials - are in charge of policy on public restrooms. And it stipulates that local governments can't pass their own anti-discrimination laws until December 2020.

Gay rights activists blasted the proposal, saying it was not a true repeal. "You are not standing on the right side of the moral arc of history or with the civil rights community".

He said it continues legal discrimination against LGBT people.

Previous deals to repeal HB2 have fallen apart. "Instead, they're reinforcing the worst aspects of the law". "This is not a flawless deal, and this is not my preferred solution", he said.

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The group has said North Carolina sites also won't be considered for championship events from 2018 to 2022 "absent any change in the law". State leaders faced considerable economic pressure, because companies and organizations that opposed the law, like the NCAA, withdrew events from the state and called off job-expansion plans.

Fourrier says the City of Greensboro has already missed out on $35 million dollars worth of NCAA events due to HB2.

In addition to sporting events being withdrawn in reaction to HB2, businesses have shelved projects and entertainers such as Bruce Springsteen have canceled shows.

FILE- In this December 15, 2016 file photo, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper holds a press conference in Raleigh, N.C. The Associated Press has determined that North Carolina's law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3 billion in lost business over a dozen years.

The House took up debate on the measure around noon.

Several Republican legislators, perhaps most vocally Sen. My family is not for sale. Charlotte's City Council had passed a rule that expressly permitted transgender people to use the bathroom that matches the gender they identify with.

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Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said that the bill and similar measures "are based on the vicious lie that trans people represent some type of danger to others".