California will keep its travel ban to North Carolina despite the Tar Heel State’s recent quasi-repeal of HB2, commonly known as the “transgender” “bathroom bill,” which barred gender-confused people from using opposite-sex public restrooms and locker rooms across the state.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Wednesday that North Carolina will remain on a list of banned destinations under AB 1887, a law enacted Jan. 1 that “prohibits state-funded and state-sponsored travel to and expenditures in states with laws that discriminate against the LGBT community.”
California now joins Minnesota in sticking with their boycott of North Carolina despite the latter’s watering down of its bill protecting women from possibly being forced to shared public locker rooms and restrooms with severely gender-confused men.
What the new North Carolina law does and doesn’t do
Becerra said, “North Carolina’s new law does not cure the infirmity of this type of discrimination.” But what does the new law do?
Homosexual and transgender activists and their allies were furious when new North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, agreed to a compromise rather than a full repeal of HB2. The compromise measure, which they called a “betrayal,” leaves important portions of the old law in place.
To be clear, HB 142, the replacement legislation, gets rid of the most widely debated and denounced portion of its predecessor — Section 1, which said that in public buildings and spaces people could only use restrooms and locker rooms that matched the sex listed on their birth certificate. That is a big loss for conservatives, who said it is common sense that biological men should not be allowed into female private spaces with girls and women.
However, Section 2 in the new law keeps in place the portion of the old law that permanently prevents all state agencies in North Carolina, including universities, local school boards, and other branches of government, from regulating “access to multiple occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities, except in accordance with an act of the General Assembly.”
Lastly, Section 3 of the new HB 142 law bans local governments throughout North Carolina from passing or amending ordinances that regulate “private employment practices or … public accommodations.”
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