House Bill 2 flushes North Carolina’s image

From an editorial Tuesday in the Lenoir News-Topic:

Now that there’s a state law requiring people to use the restroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate, someone needs to answer the question of who is going to stand by the doors policing that.

Ever since the General Assembly passed that law in lightning-quick fashion last week, images abound in social media of burly or bearded men who were born women and would be required under this law to use the women’s room. Contrary to what you may think, it’s generally impossible to tell when you are looking at a transgender individual. Long before Charlotte passed an ordinance expressly allowing transgender use of restrooms, there already were former men using women’s rooms and former women in men’s rooms, but the other people in those rooms were blissfully unaware. The same will remain the case now.

All the General Assembly has done by passing this law is open a window to discrimination, draw national scorn on the state and invite lawsuits and an inevitable wave of boycotts – and very likely cause misgivings by corporate executives thinking of opening facilities in this state.

Well done.