NORTH CAROLINA: HB2 Repeal Bill To Be Intro’d Today

From Wilmington’s NBC affiliate:

On Monday morning, Representatives Darren Jackson, Graig Meyer, Susi Hamilton, and Grier Martin will file a bill to repeal House Bill 2 (Public Facilities Privacy Act) in its entirety. As part of this effort, the four Representatives will hold a joint press conference on Monday at 11:00 am in the NCGA pressroom to further explain beginning the effort to repeal House Bill 2.

“The damage to NC’s reputation and economy has been swift and is growing exponentially. House Bill 2 is bad for all NC citizens and it is bad for all NC businesses.” This, according to a press release sent out by the North Carolina Democratic Party. This press conference will be open to all media as well as the general public.

The Winston-Salem Journal yesterday backed the repeal campaign:

As the legislature arrives in Raleigh Monday for its short session, we have one important message: Rescind House Bill 2. Rescind it for financial, legal and moral reasons. Throw it away and forget about it. Act like this embarrassment never existed.

Major corporations have withdrawn their investments in North Carolina because of HB2 and threaten to withdraw more. They would prefer to do business in states that welcome and treat everyone with respect. HB2 does the opposite. Hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs are at stake.  Rescind it.

HB2 has become the poster child for government overreach, initially promoted as a response to a city bill about bathroom usage, then morphing to impede civil rights, citizens’ access to state courts and cities’ and counties’ ability to regulate their own affairs. Rescind it.

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  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Good luck with this one. Personally, I think those that voted for this bill are all disgusting bigots and even a repeal won’t change my mind because it’s about the money, now what is right. I for one will never spend a dime in NC until there is real change. Repeal of this bill just isn’t going to do it for me.

    • Tigernan Quinn

      We had a big trip planned to Charlotte this summer to visit my husband’s side of the family. That we’re no longer going is causing a huge rift.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t easy. Hopefully, they come to understand that standing up for yourself and your beliefs are more important. Perhaps the trip can be moved in-between the two families on neutral ground.

        • Jerry

          Looks like I have to change tax software for the accounting firm this year, which I hate to do and is a huge hassle. Been using Drake for a number of years, based in Franklin, NC, and is an annual $2500+ business expense. No, this won’t be easy.

      • Griffin Griffiniv

        I too have family in NC, and I have no plans to travel to that disgusting state. For fear of supporting the NC governments with taxes or revenue for me buying gas or snacks. If you live in NC I would guess your kind of stuck in a horrible place.

        • Lauren Zuckerman-Booth

          There are North Carolinians who are progressive! Charlotte has a democratic mayor! Charlotte passed a progressive bill that HB2 stopped.

          • Griffin Griffiniv

            Agreed Charlotte does appear through their actions to be fairly progressive.

      • Lauren Zuckerman-Booth

        Charlotte tried to pass a progressive bill!!!!

  • geoffalnutt

    McCrory is a supremely stupid, hateful, religious asshole…in other words – a Republican. I wonder if he’ll see the light. Somehow, I really doubt it.

    • Mark

      He won’t see the light – but he has seen his poll numbers….

    • Michael White

      You could have saved your time and just stated he is a republican.

    • customartist

      He has sworn himself to blindness and gnorance

  • Jay George

    Heh heh, take that bitches.

  • Mark

    NC needs to not only rescind HB2 – but replace it with a bill that blankets the entire state with full equality – for everyone. Killing HB2 is only step 1. Other than Hawaii – no state is an island…..

    • Steven Alan Taylor

      AND raises the minimum wage and provides paid leave to all full-time workers. Don’t forget the non-sexual parts of that horrible bill.

      • customartist

        Oh no! The “fiscally responsible” Rublicans will have no part of that.

      • Reality.Bites

        None of these things are going to happen. Corporations don’t care if states don’t protect against discrimination, only if they single out groups for required discrimination.

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  • Reality.Bites

    When I see Republican legislatorz in North Carolina call for its repeal I’ll believe there’s a chance of it happening.

    The stubborn and the stupid run deep there.

  • djcoastermark

    The bigots will most likely dig in their heels deeper, all done with that “smirk” they love to shine upon us.

    • You mean love.

      • Mark

        that be good ol christian love. /s

    • KnownDonorDad

      Agreed. Which means they need to be ground down further by economic and social pressure.

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    • Todd20036

      She is one transgendered I have ZERO sympathy for.

    • Hank

      As if SHE would EVER leave her comfort zone, and ACTUALLY SEE, how she would be treated by the world at large, ALONE, in any other State, but California!!

  • customartist

    Even when buying furniture online, like with Wayfair [the are many others] much of this furniture is shipped From North Carolina. A manufacturer’s headquarters may be in other States, but then they warehouse in NC, meaning that NC workers are making money.

    Check BEFORE you buy. Don’t buy North Carolina products. Stand firm on this very important NC industry. Tell your friends.

    • fuow

      I also doesn’t hurt to send the company located in North Carolina a copy of the receipt and a polite little note pointing out that they lost this business because of their policies.

    • Griffin Griffiniv

      As an IT person, who uses “RedHat” in my work, its difficult to switch to another company’s product. But just because its difficult does mean its impossible. I fault company’s for locating in NC to begin with, this is not a new thing down in NC. NC has a long and confirmed history of discrimination against minorities. Which I have to think any company or person who has moved there would know about.

      • customartist

        You are correct specifically. It may be somewhat difficult in certain cases, but not entirely difficult, and not extremely difficult, depending upon the item.
        Couple points:
        As a former furniture industry pro, many retailers do in fact sell the very same item yet under different brand names. Even high and low manufacturers may have the identical chair frames for example. Same item, same manufacture of origin, etc. Identical.
        One retailer may tell you, the consumer, that he cannot get this item elsewhere, usually because he in fact does not have a purchasing agreement to purchase from the manufacturer, but then Another retailer may be able to get the same item from that or another manufacturer. It’s confusing to say the least.
        But to address my original point, MANY and MOST online retailers can indeed ship from multiple locations, meaning inside of North Carolina, or elsewhere. Whether they will is another issue. If one does not ask then one cannot know for sure. Even if the retailer has multi-State shipping locations, the employees and the subsequent suppliers, meaning the landlord, the electric company, the exterminating company, etc., all reside in the State of origin, and they all get paid. Even if one purchases from the same retailer or manufacturer, but from a Michigan [for example] retailer, then the North Carolina retailer would lose the marginal profit.
        Finally, most any furniture of a nearly identical kind, style and quality can indeed be found at another retailer. Contacting the particular manufacturer and asking for another retailer’s location can be just this simple. This also lets the Manufacturer know that you are not interested in doing business in North Carolina.

  • rusty57

    Q. What hurts more than a knee to the nuts?

    A. A drastic drop in revenue due to the shortsighted and arrogant attitude of your inept government officials.

  • bkmn

    It won’t be easy. McCrory and friends believe they are in a holy war and will fight to the very end. They believe they are 100% right and we are 100% wrong.

    • customartist

      Well we’re just gonna have to teach them a lesson.

  • Tigernan Quinn

    Well hello Grier Martin.

    • I posted another photo of him here. I am glad someone else reads this stuff and notices hot men even though the issue is so important. I feel so unserious at times!

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  • Hank

    ONLY when SCOTUS rules to include GLBT Civil Rights FEDERALLY, will we get them in NC or any other Rethuglican State!!! As for the other parts of the Hate Bill 2, i.e. minimum wage, the Rethuglicans could not care less about their citizens OR “Government “Overreach”!!! they are TRUE Hypocrites!

    • customartist

      Between the recently passed NC and MS anti-LGBT laws, we just might be one big step closer to equality. Those State legislatures may have done us a favor.

  • Grier Martin is handsome. The guy talking. Also surprised he is 47. He was a JAG lawyer and served in Afghanistan-. He is also has a Democratic leadership position show he should be good at rounding up support. Here one of his official photos.

  • MBear

    good luck with that

  • customartist

    Keep up the pressure, share with others, and be nice.

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