Yesterday, the North Carolina Legislature voted to approve a “compromise” on HB 2, the bill that was passed to protect the privacy and safety of women and children in bathrooms, locker rooms, and changing areas. The new law (1) preempts local governments from passing their own access policies for multiple occupancy bathrooms, and (2) enacts a four-year moratorium on the ability of cities and counties to enact nondiscrimination policies that go beyond state law relative to private employment and public accommodations. Social conservatives were not happy with the repeal, but LGBT activists were incensed that their hands are still largely tied for the next several years when it comes to getting cities to enact their agenda.
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