Three weeks after North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill into law that overturned a controversial Charlotte city ordinance that would have allowed men in women's restrooms, showers, and lockers, he issued an Executive Order reaffirming some parts of the bill while modifying others. From the governor's summary page, the executive order:
- Maintains common sense gender-specific restroom and locker room facilities in government buildings and schools
- Affirms the private sector’s right to establish its own restroom and locker room policies
- Affirms the private sector and local governments’ right to establish non-discrimination employment policies for its own employees
- Expands the state’s employment policy for state employees to cover sexual orientation and gender identity
- Seeks legislation to reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination
McCrory issued it in response to the national backlash the bill has received from the activist left and the hypocritical corporations they've more or less bullied over the years into backing their positions on legislation they say helps benefit the LGBTQ community.
Senate leader Phil Berger issued a statement giving his stamp of approval to McCrory's actions, as did House Speaker Tim Moore, which may open the door on reinstating the right to sue on discrimination grounds in state court during the legislature's short session, which starts on April 25th.
In his executive order, the governor addressed many of the concerns that lawsuit-happy left wing groups like Equality NC, the North Carolina ACLU, and the Human Rights Campaign had previously said were perhaps the most troubling aspects of the bill known around the state as “HB2”.
Yet their responses to the governor's attempt at an olive branch were exactly what you'd expect:
Here's a translation of what they're saying: Though McCrory's executive order alleviates many of their stated complaints about legal rights related to “discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, he didn't move much on the bathroom aspect of the bill. That was what the uproar over the original Charlotte ordinance was about in the first place, and what the issue ultimately has always been about to both sides, contra to the activist left's protestations to the contrary.
More from Charlotte's Business Journal:
Human Rights Campaign legal director Sarah Warbelow said, in a prepared statement, “The governor’s action is an insufficient response to a terrible, misguided law that continues to harm LGBT people on a daily basis. It’s absurd that he’ll protect people from being fired, but will prohibit them from using the employee restroom consistent with their gender identity. The North Carolina Legislature must act to right this wrong as swiftly as possible. They created this horrendous law, and they need to repeal it.”
So these groups will continue on with their lawsuit against North Carolina, but instead of “anti-discrimination laws,” their main focus will likely now shift to pushing for the legal “right” for a man who identifies as a woman to be able to legally shower next to a young girl in the gym locker room. This in spite of evidence indicating that men pretending to be “transgender women” have targeted and hurt women and children in the past.
This is spite of the fact that such laws open the door for sexual predators to use them as cover to gain access to people they want to victimize and hurt.
This in spite of the fact that most women are just downright uncomfortable going to the bathroom with, changing in front of, and showering next to men they don't know, regardless of how they “identify”:
Once upon a time the activist left clamored for a woman's right to safe spaces, declared America a place where rape culture was “epidemic,” and maintained the word of sexual assault victims was the final word. Not anymore, apparently.