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UPDATE: NC Refuses to Repeal HB2

The North Carolina General Assembly has abandoned efforts to repeal HB2, a common sense law that protects the privacy rights and safety of women and children.

The state legislature’s refusal to repeal HB2 comes just days after the public learned that a deal had been struck between the North Carolina General Assembly and the City of Charlotte.

Under the conditions of the deal, the City of Charlotte had agreed to repeal its controversial local ordinance requiring business owners, schools, and other places of public accommodations to allow biological men to use the same locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms as females, provided that the state repeal HB2.

However, while the ink on the deal was still drying, the Charlotte City Council made clear its intention to violate the spirit of the deal by allowing for the possibility of reenacting the city ordinance after the state legislature would have repealed HB2.  The resolution adopted by the City Council states,

“Whereas, in the event that the North Carolina General Assembly grants or restores the authority of the City to enact ordinances on the matters that were subject of the preempted and invalidated ordinances, the City Council could enact new ordinances.”

Thankfully, the North Carolina legislature recognized the deal’s faults and decided to stand with the state’s families and businesses.

HB2 protects the privacy rights of women and children in schools and other government buildings by requiring that individuals use only restrooms and changing facilities consistent with their biological sex.

HB2 also allows private businesses to set the policies for bathrooms and showers in their buildings by preventing local cities from enacting ordinances that violate the rights of business owners.  Likewise, under HB2, business owners who disagree with the notion of sex-segregated bathrooms and showers can still allow biological males to use female facilities.

Unfortunately, many other cities and states (including Washington State) still require schools and businesses to allow biological men to share bathrooms and showers with women.

Prominent Liberal Activists to Join Just Want Privacy Campaign Tomorrow

 

A group of prominent liberal voices will join forces with the Just Want Privacy Campaign tomorrow to support safety and privacy for women and children in public locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms.

On Thursday, June 16th, at 11:00 AM, at the Carwein Auditorium on the University of Washington-Tacoma campus, Just Want Privacy will hold a press conference and Q&A Session to address questions around the Yes on I-1515 ballot measure.  Joining them at the conference are three prominent and respected liberal activists.

Press Conference

Maya Dillard Smith is the former head of the ACLU in Georgia.  She recently resigned because she felt that the effort to allow men to use the women’s locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms created safety hazards for women and children.

Blair Tindall is a feminist journalist, author, and speaker, based in Los Angeles.  She has characterized the removal of privacy and safety in public facilities as another attack in the “war on women.”

Miriam Ben-Shalom is a veteran of the U.S. Army, known for her efforts to challenge the U.S.’s position of homosexuals serving in the military. More recently, she was removed from her appointment as the Grand Marshal of Milwaukee’s Pride Parade because she does not support the effort to allow men into the women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers.

The public is invited to attend this event at the Carwein Auditorium on the campus of the University of Washington at Tacoma. Please be respectful, as counter-protests are expected.  More information on the press conference can be found here.