The NBA All-Star Game is set for North Carolina this weekend after the league delayed Charlotte hosting the event for two years because of the state’s “bathroom bill,” which singled out transgender people and limited local LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections.
But North Carolina officials, judges and activists have far from settled on the rules on who can use which specific-gender public bathrooms and whether state legislators or cities like Charlotte can force anti-discrimination regulations upon private businesses.
While both state Democrats and Republicans aren’t fully pleased with the current law, they also don’t sound eager to open debate again despite an expiration date late next year on a portion of it.
The GOP-controlled legislature approved HB 2 in March 2016 in response to a Charlotte city council ordinance that had expanded LGBT protections to public accommodations like hotels, restaurants and public bathrooms.
The state law repealed the ordinance and prevented similar anti-discrimination rules anywhere else in the state.
By the following March, Cooper and GOP legislative leaders reached a compromise that led to Charlotte’s award for this year’s game.
The replacement law repealed the requirement about bathrooms and transgender people.
While Democrats picked up additional legislative seats in last November’s elections to end the GOP’s veto-proof control of the state House and Senate, Republicans still hold majorities in both chambers and don’t sound interested in Cooper’s statewide law proposal.
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