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Texas Republicans defend 'bathroom bill' as North Carolina tweaks its law

01 April 2017

ACC Commissioner John Swofford issued a statement Thursday after Cooper's announcement that the governor had signed the compromise bill saying it "allows the opportunity to reopen the discussion" on holding those neutral-site events in the state.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Campaign and various advocates have slammed the new bill for its lack of protection for LGBT people.

"Fake repeal of HB2 leads to real lawsuit from us", the ACLU said on Twitter. "This is not a flawless deal, and this is not my preferred solution", he said. But there is also a concession to conservatives: regulation of public bathrooms is now in sole control of the state. An Associated Press analysis ( this week found that the law would cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years.

In a brief statement Wednesday, Cooper - whose razor-thin victory over McCrory in November was attributed in large part to voter frustration over the national backlash from House Bill 2 - said that the measure "begins to fix our reputation". It was worked out under mounting pressure from the NCAA, which threatened to take away more sporting events.

The NCAA, which is about to begin making championship site selections for 2018-2022, had indicated North Carolina had by midday Thursday to amend HB2.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said at a news conference posted online by the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper that the board of directors would decide whether the change is sufficient to spur a return. The sports governing body had removed neutral-site championships from the state for the current school year. Late on Wednesday, leaders of the Republican-dominated state Senate and House of Representatives said that they had reached a compromise with Democratic Governor Roy Cooper to scrap the year-old law, the only one of its kind in the United States. Supporters said the bill would protect people from sexual predators.

SIMMONS: Governor Cooper said this afternoon that he believes that this law catches North Carolina law up to where the people are, and our response is that it's only catching up some of the people, not the LGBTQ community, and that's what we need now.

SHAPIRO: But it does remove the requirement that transgender people use the bathrooms that conform to the gender on their birth certificate.

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Among those cancellations was the NCAA's decision to move seven 2016-2017 championship games out of the state.

"Everybody loves being in North Carolina for our games", he said.

"It's not a flawless deal, but it repeals House Bill 2 and begins to fix our reputation", Cooper said.

Rep. Yvonne Holley, D-Wake, who eventually voted for the bill, called the vote gut-wrenching.

The new bill repeals last year's House Bill 2.

John Rustin, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, testified before the state's Senate a year ago, saying that the Charlotte ordinance "means men could enter women's restrooms and locker rooms - placing the privacy, safety, and dignity of women and the elderly at great risk". "So we'll wait and see where it goes", Emmert said.

North Carolina NAACP President the Rev. William Barber says the new bill is convoluted and is a furtherance of discrimination. "At worst it is a betrayal of principle", the Charlotte-area legislator said.

Texas Republicans defend 'bathroom bill' as North Carolina tweaks its law