The Associated Press reports today that a combined effort in North Carolina of Republicans and Democrats to end the state’s House Bill 2 is underway. The latest effort will replace existing laws known as the “bathroom bill”. Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC), said in a statement the proposal would keep anti-LBGT provisions of the law in place, however, transgenders must use the bathroom of their biological sex. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposes the plan and urged lawmakers to vote against it.
The AP report states House Bill 2 protester Reverend Jimmy Creech, a longtime pro-LGBT activist, said the bill was just a repackaging of House Bill 2 and would still hurt gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. The report went on to say gay rights groups believe the replacement bill still allows discrimination. It was not clear from the report how gays, lesbians or bisexuals would be hurt by not giving transgendered individuals access to a restroom not of their biological sex. It was also not understood which LGBT groups stated the law was discriminatory or why they felt that way.