Today this moral, legal and political disaster was enlarged by the politicians of North Carolina when they feared losing money from athletic and other business entities who stayed away from NC in protest. The politicians pretended to “fix” the Discrimination today against the LGBT community and EVERYONE IN THE STATE. But even NC Governor Cooper, a newly elected Democrat, said this “fix” is a compromise, and not a great one.
It is in fact a very poor compromise; a sham, a phony move, political garbage; a Thursday deadline they felt they had to meet:
They repealed the law in name but not in substance, hoping to assuage organizations and employers that have boycotted the state to protest its discriminatory law. The National Collegiate Athletic Association had given state politicians until Thursday to get rid of the law before it would resume holding championship games in the state.
All those who have taken a principled stance against the law, known as H.B. 2, should stand firm. The law’s revision would deprive North Carolinians of protection from discrimination for years, and retains the odious notion that transgender people are inherently dangerous.
“We can never compromise on fundamental civil rights,” William Barber II, the president of the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said in a call with journalists Thursday morning. “It was never just a bathroom bill. It’s a bill that discriminates against so many people in so many ways.” (three paragraphs above from New York Times, 3/30/17. Click to see full article)
Below is the original 2016 post for the HB2 Bill:
On March 23, 2016, North Carolina signed a sweeping law eliminating anti-discrimination protections severely for the entire LGBT Community as well as for everyone. An example of “EVERY ONE ELSE,” is a part of the law that limits how people pursue claims of discrimination because of race, religion, color, national origin, biological sex or handicap in state courts. It also prohibits local governments from setting minimum wages above the state level, pre-empts local ordinances on employee benefits, protections and leave policies and strips veterans of anti-discrimination protections which existed in several jurisdictions.
(update: May 4, 2016; see an update whereby the Obama Administration say HB2 violates Federal Civil Rights Laws. See the letter sent to Governor McCrory from the Federal Government in regard to this development)
Details on how HB2 affects all of us: From Turnoutnc.org:
This bill takes away the right FOR ANYONE to sue in state court for employment discrimination based on race, sex, religion, and other categories that are protected by state law.
- The law preempts local employment regulations relating to compensation or employee benefits. A local government cannot, for example, enact a city-wide minimum wage that is higher than the state’s, or require that employers in a certain locality provide other employee benefits not guaranteed by state or federal law, such as access to a minimum number of paid sick days.
- The law eliminates the ability of those who have been wrongfully terminated in violation of the state’s existing policy against discrimination to file a claim in state court, by expressly stating that there is no right of action based upon the nondiscrimination policy of the state. Although people can still file claims in federal court, the timeline for filing in federal court versus state is much shorter, and is potentially much more expensive. This change makes North Carolina one of only two states—the other being Mississippi—that does not provide its residents with the option of filing a wrongful termination discrimination claim in state court.
Consider all the ludicrous, irrational ideas associated with the transsexual part of this law which requires transsexual persons to use the bathroom of their genetic sex:
- Enforcement persons wonder if they will have to start checking persons genitals at the bathroom door. Their birth certificates? How absurd!
- Male transsexual persons remind the Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, that they will now, by law, have to use the bathrooms that his wife uses!
- It assumes that transsexual persons are all rapists, murderers and child molesters!
- It implies massive ignorance of why a transsexual person has made their choice of gender change.
- It shows massive ignorance in assuming this is a casual choice made by a person to change gender and they usually falsely imply that transsexuals are men pretending to be women and vice versa.
- And you can add ten or more horrendous errors of thought here regarding these laws.
Here is a wonderful comment by a person in a recent newspaper article on this North Carolina horror story:
“The process of transitioning from one sex to another must be one of the most agonizing and painful of experiences. Think about it. Doing so is the realization of the very essence of one’s identity as a person. What could be more fundamental to ones identity than am I male or female? Thankfully, medical science has made it possible for people to live as they truly are. No one chooses to be transgender. They are born that way. It’s a medically correctable condition. After experiencing all the pain, confusion, self-doubt and turmoil, the last thing any trans person needs is to be singled out and discriminated against. Doing so is unbelievably cruel. Should we make them wear stars like the Jews had to do in Nazi Germany? When a person changes gender, they become that gender. They aren’t men pretending to be women and vice versa. They are what they are. As legitimate, whole people, they are due all the rights and privileges the law guarantees everyone. Anything less is legalized persecution. These anti-government people just created the need for the skirt police. No one needs to be protected from a transgender person. They are no threats to anyone. They should be embraced and allowed to thrive. Fascism can be expressed in many forms. This is one of them. The supporters of these anti-trans bills have moved past ignorance and fear. They have moved all the way to fascism.” Bruce Rozenblit.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Socialist;Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Trade Unionist; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew; Then they came for the gays and transsexuals, and I did not speak out—because I was not gay or transsexual; Then they came for me, —and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemoller (1892-1984) – Protester of Adolf Hitler who spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.