ADVOCATE – In one of the few bright spots on election night, North Carolina elected Roy Cooper to be its next governor. The Democrat recently addressed supporters gathered at North Carolina State’s McKimmon Center, saying that after weeks of a recount that stalled the outcome of the painfully close 2016 election, it’s time to nullify North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law.
“With this election, North Carolina is on its way to repairing its reputation,” Cooper told the crowd, which packed the room to hear his speech. “Let’s finish the job and repeal HB 2.”
House Bill 2 was pushed through the legislature in March during an emergency session. Introduced, debated, and signed into law in a single day, the legislation forces trans people to use public restrooms that do not correspond with their gender identity when visiting government buildings and schools. It also blocks municipalities from enacting or enforcing LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination laws. The sitting governor, Pat McCrory, strongly supported the law and stood by it, even as it did extreme harm to the state.