Early Monday, the Charlotte City Council surprised the entire state when they announced a unanimous, full repeal of their transgender bathroom mandate that sparked the General Assembly’s passing of HB2.
Clearly, the timing of the council’s move only proves the 9-month fight over bathrooms was fabricated by the left in a purely political move to harm the state and hand the Governorship to Democrat Roy Cooper – a man who worked extremely hard behind the scenes to prevent any HB2 compromise that could have put the entire ordeal to rest and helped save thousands of jobs.
Regardless, the reality of the situation is that Charlotte has finally ended their fight to force businesses in the Queen City to appease a political agenda that has no basis in reality.
And that leaves the General Assembly, and outgoing Governor Pat McCrory, in a position to put this entire ordeal behind them. McCrory has made his feelings known, calling a special session of the legislature for Wednesday in order to repeal HB2.
“I have always publicly advocated a repeal of the overreaching Charlotte ordinance,” McCrory said. “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,” he said.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle claim to be uneasy about the perception that a deal was apparently struck by the Charlotte Council and leadership in the legislature, and what that deal may mean politically.
“The repeal of the Charlotte ordinance means HB2 is no longer necessary,” said Rep. Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg). “There have been a lot of behind-the-scenes negations on this issue for months, and at this point, Charlotte has taken a concrete action, and I appreciate them doing that.”
Rep. Grier Martin (D-Wake) is one of the members questioning a repeal, after months of demanding it.
“In a vacuum, a pure repeal bill that does nothing else but repeal HB2? Absolutely, I’ll vote for that,” Martin said. “But like any legislation, I want to wait and see what we’re presented with and what else is thrown in with it.”
Certainly there are reasons for both sides to be weary over the other’s calculations and motives, as the past 9-months has been nothing but a political dance orchastrated by far left radicals.
But maybe – just maybe – after months of waiting, we’ll have more answers when the special session is convened tomorrow.
Until then, HB2 continues to hang in the balance.