Pat McCrory says HB2 deal was not a full repeal, and LGBT group ‘lost the battle’

Former Gov. Pat McCrory says North Carolina’s compromise over the controversial “bathroom law” House Bill 2 was not a full repeal, and he counts that as a loss for the left and gay rights advocates with the Human Rights Campaign.

Those comments were made during one of two radio interviews McCrory has given since the state voted to repeal HB2, including an appearance on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, a national radio show that airs on more than 240 stations across the country.

In that interview, McCrory is quoted as saying the compromise passed by the state’s General Assembly was a defeat for the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for LGBTQ rights.

“The good news is this: the HRC lost the battle,” McCrory is quoted as saying. “With their resources and power and money, and their trying to get some other corporations to help support them in the battle...(The) fact of the matter is, they did not get a full repeal of HB2.”

In an interview with the Observer Friday, McCrory appeared to soften his comments. “What I’m saying is that I supported the compromise, and the HRC did not,” he said. “And I’m not the only one saying it wasn’t a full repeal. That’s what a compromise is.”

McCrory told radio station WBT that the year of turmoil caused by HB2 is to be blamed on Charlotte, because city leaders passed a “misguided ordinance.” That ordinance offered rights protections for LGBT people.

McCrory’s comments to WBT came a day after state leaders repealed HB2 and replaced it with a widely criticized law that imposes a 2020 moratorium on cities adopting non-discrimination ordinances. It also added language that says cities are “preempted from regulation of access to multiple occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities, except in accordance with an act of the General Assembly.”

“Now, we reset back to what the laws were before the Charlotte ordinance was passed a year ago, when things were working just fine in our state,” said McCrory on WBT. “Hopefully, we’ll get back to the priorities...we need to be working on: Safety of citizens, good roads, good education.”

The state General Assembly adopted HB2 last year to negate Charlotte’s move to offer rights protections to LGBT people, including allowing transgender people to use the restroom of their gender identity. That part of the law was singled out by critics, who believed it would allow male sexual predators to prey on women in public restrooms and showers.

McCrory signed HB2 into law, but said he supported a repeal. In fact, he says he tried three times for a repeal, but was opposed by people on both the political left and the right.

The law drew national criticism, due largely to provisions that negated all city ordinances giving rights protections to LGBT people. HB2 prompted an ongoing boycott of North Carolina by entertainers, businesses and some sporting events, including a threat by the NCAA to pull all future events away from the state if the law was not repealed.

The repeal passed Thursday “basically means a city like Charlotte in the future will not be able to pass a misguided ordinance, which would threaten to jail for 30 days...someone who disagrees with the gender definition that the current mayor believes it should be,” McCrory told WBT.

“Government overreach,” he said. “That’s not the way government should work, to have such mandates at local, state or federal level.”

In the end, McCrory said he believes the U.S. Supreme Court will tackle the “complex and emotional issue” of how gender is defined. “It’s not going to be decided by a mayor, or a governor, or a state legislator, or city councilman. Or by a chancellor on the board of directors of the NCAA. It’s going to be decided by the Supreme Court, probably within the next year.”

McCrory told Washington Watch that he’s hoping the matter won’t reach the Supreme Court until after a new justice picked by President Donald Trump has been seated.

“Hopefully, with a new Supreme Court justice that's been nominated by President Trump, there will be a ruling in which we keep the definition of gender as we've been using in the 1964 Civil Rights Act for generations,” McCrory is quoted as saying. “And I think that's where this is going to resolve.”

To listen to the full McCrory interview with Washington Watch, click this link: https://soundcloud.com/family-research-council/20170330-pat-mccrory

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