As Twitchy reported, legislators in North Carolina worked late Wednesday night to craft a compromise bill to replace the state’s controversial “bathroom bill” and hopefully bring the NCAA championships and other events back after a boycott saw the tournament move to South Carolina.
A little before midnight, the North Carolina General Assembly issued a press release that the House, Senate, and governor had reached an agreement to repeal HB2, and voting would begin Thursday morning.
NC Gov. Roy Cooper says he's signed a bill that repeals the state's bathroom law. https://t.co/VhM1ppvWzp
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) March 30, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 30, 2017
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, on Thursday afternoon signed into law the bill repealing HB2, which he described as “a dark cloud hanging over our great state.”
"Today, we repealed HB2. It wasn't a perfect deal or my preferred solution, but an important first step for our state." – Governor Cooper
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) March 30, 2017
Something sounds familiar there. It wasn’t a strict repeal, but more of a repeal and replace deal, and even though it wasn’t the deal anyone wanted, it was really just the important first step toward something really awesome.
In short, no one seems happy about the deal, with progressive supporters particularly stung by the compromise measures.
@NC_Governor Did you though?
— Mathew Brown (@mathewbrown) March 30, 2017
@NC_Governor No, no you didn't. It was NOT repealed, that was a bullshit excuse of a solution.
— TiffanyHope (@tiffanyhope013) March 30, 2017
@NC_Governor What part of FULL REPEAL do you not understand? So disappointed. 1 reason why I hate coming home. Shame on you. ????
— Chris Herring (@ItsChrisHerring) March 30, 2017
— Emma Violet Todd (@EmmaVioletTodd) March 30, 2017
@NC_Governor It's not a repeal if it's the same discriminatory contents of the original! Deeply disappointed, I hoped you were better than this.
— Melissa ?? (@anandadaydream) March 30, 2017
@NC_Governor This bill should have stopped after section 1. Full repeal, full stop. Very disappointed in you, Governor. You turned your back on NC today.
— Ben Miller (@drquoz) March 30, 2017
@NC_Governor I'm so disappointed. It should have been a full repeal only. And 4 years? Really?
Switch and bait. Ignorance and meanness win again.
— gojes22 (@gojes22) March 30, 2017
@NC_Governor You should have persisted. NCAA does not have the authority to impose a deadline on our political system.
— Anthony (@RedHawkk) March 30, 2017
@NC_Governor do better, fight back. this was a half-assed attempt that sells LGBTQ NC residents short. makes me want to stay far away from the state.
— marabeth (@zelkomami) March 30, 2017
— Dylan Klein (@Djk_914) March 30, 2017
— April Fernandes (@AprilFernandes) March 30, 2017
— James Nicholas (@Mrjimothy) March 30, 2017
@NC_Governor Nope, no, nuh-uh, newp, no way, not even close
— G. G. (@GiverGoddess88) March 30, 2017
@NC_Governor You up for this job or not sir? Straighten that spine up next time.
— Johnson Free (@JohnsonFree1) March 30, 2017