North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill” looks to have sprung a leak this morning after the Charlotte City Council voted to repeal its own ordinance that bans discrimination against transgender people who use the bathroom for the gender other than the one assigned to them at birth.
Almost immediately after the strike-down of the ordinance that fueled the statewide law, outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory announced a special session would be called for Tuesday at which House Bill 2 would be reconsidered.
“This Council desires to help preserve and protect the economic well being and the reputation of the State of North Carolina as a welcoming and inclusive State that values all of its people and visitors,” the resolution read. Read the full resolution here.
In late March, McCrory signed a bill into law that prevents employers and businesses from discriminating based on race, color, religion, age and “biological sex” but would allow discrimination based on sexual orientation. Widely criticized as anti-LGBT, the legislation has language similar to a Georgia bill – both of which drew the ire of Hollywood and media companies.
Back then, more than 80 major corporations – including Google, Apple, You Tube, Yahoo and Microsoft – signed a letter urging the governor to rescind the bill. Rob Reiner said he would not film anything in the state unless it trashed its law, Cirque du Soleil canceled scheduled performances in Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh. Additionally, Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr were among performers who scrubbed concert plans in the state, with Starr saying in a statement: “I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. All you need is love.”
Then, in July, The NBA pulled its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, and Turner Sports, which airs a slew of NBA games, issued a statement supporting the league’s decision. Back then, Forbes estimated the state already had lost more than $600M in business as a direct result of the legislation.
The city of Charlotte said today in a statement it recognizes the “ongoing negative economic impact resulting from the passage of the city’s nondiscriminatory ordinance” and the state’s HB2.