North Carolina Governor-Elect Roy Cooper is calling on the state’s legislature to repeal House Bill 2, the state’s sweeping anti-LGBTI measure.
Cooper, currently the state’s attorney general, defeated incumbent Governor Pat McCrory who finally conceded the close race on Monday (5 December).
‘With this election, North Carolina is on its way to repairing its reputation. Let’s finish the job and repeal HB2,’ Cooper said at a victory rally on the campus of North Carolina State University on Tuesday night.
The crowd of around 650 people erupted in cheers at the suggestion, according to ABC 11.
McCrory suffered politically for his staunch support and defense of HB2, a so-called bathroom bill aimed at transgender people.
The law forces transgender people to use a bathroom matching their gender at birth.
HB2 has cost North Carolina on multiple fronts.
The NBA is among the sports leagues to move events out of the state and big name musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen canceled concerts.
Lambda Legal, which is among the groups challenging HB2 in federal court, applauded Cooper’s call of a repeal.
‘Every day that HB2 remains on the books, this shameful law encourages discrimination against tens of thousands of LGBT people who call North Carolina home,’ Lambda Legal Southern Regional Director Simone Bell said in a statement.
‘HB2 is not only cruel and insulting, but also directly damaging to LGBT people. This law is about more than restrooms, it’s about access to employment, education and other opportunities. It aims to override local school boards in establishing policies with respect to restrooms and locker rooms.
Bell added: ‘The General Assembly must do the right thing and repeal HB2 and all of its discriminatory provisions at once and replace it with full non-discrimination protections for all.’