NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Pat McCrory Calls For Special Session To Repeal Anti-LGBT Hate Law [VIDEO]

The Charlotte Observer reports:

Following a surprise move by Charlotte City Council on Monday, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has called for a special session Wednesday to consider repeal of House Bill 2.

The governor’s statement came in a series of rapidly unfolding events that could signal an end to the nine-month drama that has catapulted North Carolina into national headlines. HB2, seen by critics as an anti-LGBT measure, prompted boycotts and cost the state millions in lost jobs.

Monday’s events also underscored the continuing tensions between Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper. McCrory’s call came hours after Charlotte City Council voted 10-0, with the support of Cooper and Democratic Mayor Jennifer Roberts, to rescind the LGBT ordinance that prompted HB2.

“This sudden reversal, with little notice after the gubernatorial election has ended, sadly proves this entire issue, originated by the political left, was all about politics at the expense of Charlotte and the entire state of North Carolina,” McCrory said in a video statement.

  • Butch

    Maybe bringing an end to that particular drama but the GOP in North Carolina has started a whole new bunch of drama.

  • Baltimatt

    How many special sessions has North Carolina had this year???

    • Todd20036

      All sessions are special in their own unique way….

  • ColdCountry

    Is he trying to make every last person in NC hate him? What a cluster fuck.

  • crewman

    Why, did they think of more powers to strip from the incoming Democrat Governor?

    • JCF

      I don’t doubt.

  • glass

    So they plan to repeal HB2 and what… sneak in something even worse while they are in session? Remember repubs are completely dishonest!

  • Ninja0980

    Why do I believe this will simply be more of a power grab for Republicans and nothing else?

    • Todd20036

      Let them. The people who voted this bum out won’t magically be impressed by his correcting his own mistake after costing the state millions of dollars in lost revenue.

    • Rambie

      ^-That, they’ll pass more bills to limit the NC governors power before that asshole Pat is out of office.

    • clay

      because they’re Republicans?

    • Billy Goate

      One word: Trump. If he’s going to serve in Trump’s cabinet, as has been rumored, the pro-LGBTQ Trump (ok, relatively so) does NOT want to be embarrassed by that shit. I guarantee you he said in no uncertain terms: “Repeal that fucking law or else.”

    • JCF

      Recent experience?

  • Baltimatt

    In a joint statement of their own, [Senate Leader Phil] Berger and [House Speaker Tim] Moore said politics was behind the council vote.

    “Today Roy Cooper and Jennifer Roberts proved what we said was the case all along: their efforts to force men into women’s bathrooms and shower facilities was a political stunt to drive out-of-state money into the governor’s race,” the Republican leaders said. “For months, we’ve said if Charlotte would repeal its bathroom ordinance that created the problem, we would take up the repeal of HB2.”

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    Force men into women’s bathrooms??? What filthy, filthy liars!!!

    • BobSF_94117

      I wish Cooper — or somebody — would explain the reasoning behind all this.

      • William

        They stripped worker protections and blocked increases in minimum wage, while disguising it all as a man in a dress.

        • BobSF_94117

          I mean explain the Charlotte vote to repeal and what they think will happen in 2017. If HB2 gets repealed, I doubt it will be a simple repeal. Is Charlotte going to reinstitute protections for gay people? For trans people?

          • As I recall, that was the deal: the whole excuse for HB2 was Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance, and the deal was if Charlotte repealed that, the legislature would repeal HB2.

            I’m not holding my breath: Note McCrory said they’re going to “*consider* repeal of HB2.”

          • Strepsi

            Republicans might LIE?

          • “Might”?

            When you’re dealing with someone who has no morals, no ethics, no integrity, and no standards. . . .

    • greenmanTN

      If they could point out even ONE incident where a transgender person preyed on a woman or child, or a man for that matter….

      But, yeah, transgender people using bathrooms in accordance with their birth certificate is totally going to work and not cause problems.

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    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Everything is political.

  • Cackalaquiano

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • canoebum

    This is a legal ploy to thwart the case against the other ‘special sessions’ in which the powers of the incoming governor were drastically reduced. As I understand it, the opponents of the GOP actions to strip the governor of multiple powers will be to challenge them on the basis of the sessions themselves being unconstitutional. By adding this one more, the GOP is moving to undercut the case against their prior calumny.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    What I worry about is that they’ll only cut the bathroom part but still keep all the discrimination and cities not being able to make their own laws part.

    Are they TRYING to get their houses egged?

  • BobSF_94117

    I assume their reasoning has to do with 1) lifting the boycott and 2) getting as much political capital out of it for the GOP and 3) legitimizing the Special Sessions in the public eye to get away with stripping the incoming governor of power.

    • #3 more than anything, i’d guess.

      • BobSF_94117

        I agree, but it makes Cooper’s role in this even more mysterious/confusing/

  • greenmanTN

    Funny how getting your ass handed to you can change your perspective.

  • wait. is he complaining like a little bitch?

    • Gigi

      Yes. The poor little snowflake is complaining from his safe space.

      • TrollopeReader

        melt him!

  • 2nd thought. you just said god bless as the end of your video. anytime i hear religion brought up, it should instantly disqualify everything else you just said.

  • olandp

    This isn’t over until Charlotte can have their LGBT ordinance unencumbered by the state, or there is a state wide LGBT ordinance.

  • justme

    Repudlikins always want special rules and exemptions..

  • ByronK

    What a douche to the bitter end. Nice to see him finally accepting responsibility for his own actions. Snort.

    I also wouldn’t trust him any further than I could throw him.

    • William

      I wouldn’t trust him further than I could kick him.

    • The Return of Traxley

      Except he’s not taking responsibility for any of this.

      He simply doesn’t want this unconstitutional law attached to his biography. He’ll sell more books in rhe future if the broader public doesn’t remember him as the asshole who discriminated against a huge swath of his people.

      The angry white dullards will throw yet another spittle-flecked fit, but they don’t read books. So it’s all good.

  • Oikos
  • William

    Repel every letter of your hateful bathroom and anti-worker law.

  • Gigi

    I was going to call McCrory a POS, but that would be insulting to pieces of sh!t.

    • RobynWatts

      At least shit can be used for fertilizer. McCrory is just plain useless.

  • Stogiebear
  • Mike__in_Houston

    I was about to compliment Joe on being able to find so many photographs where McCrory looks like an absolute idiot. However, it finally occurred to me that he just looks that way and can’t help it. But thanks anyway, Joe, for advertising the fact…

  • Michael

    Can someone explain how they didn’t win?

    There’s no protections for us now, right?

  • Marco Guzman

    I don’t trust these mutherfuckers! I’m sure they have some shady shit planned..

  • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    you guys, I’m so concerned for the Christians, they’re “the most persecuted group”
    gays, don’ t be selfish WTF

  • Mountain Man W. Virginny

    Yeah! They repealed HB2, but they also repealed LGBT protections. So, NC gets it’s money-makers back, and the LGBT community get screwed. Good work Democrats! Always pulling defeat from the jaws of victory.

  • boobert

    He doesn’t want Cooper getting credit for the repeal .

  • j.martindale

    Sure, we MADE you work in a special nighttime session to deprive gays of the right to enact anti-discriminatory laws in NC municipalities. And we DROVE you into enacting prohibitions against cities raising the minimum wage. These fuckers are the biggest damned liars ever!

  • Goggles

    Maybe the strategy is to get HB2 repealed now, Cooper makes a show of trying to bring businesses back to NC, and then Charlotte passes their ordinance again? Then if the red legislature wants to try to bring in another HB2 the optics are a lot worse for them given the public acknowledgement of the economic damage the previous one had.

    The NCGOP can certainly pass another HB2 if they really want to, but I’d assume since the Dems will hold the Gov and AG offices in 2017, they could simply invite legal challenges to the HB2-successor and refuse to defend it in court. I hope that’s the case anyway.