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NC Poised to Nix HB2

2016-12-19

North Carolina's governor-elect today that we could see the repeal of a law limiting bathroom access for transgender people, following nine months of economic boycotts and protests over the legislation, which rights groups called discriminatory.

Under the law adopted in March, North Carolina was the first U.S. state to ban transgender people from using government-run restrooms that match their gender identity. The law, which catapulted the state to the forefront of U.S. culture wars over LGBT rights, has been blamed for hundreds of millions of dollars in economic losses and the relocation of major sporting events.

In an unexpected series of developments on Monday, incoming Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said Republican leaders of the state legislature planned to call a special session as soon as Tuesday to repeal the law, known as HB 2.