RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – More North Carolina House members have signed on to legislation portrayed by its writers as a bipartisan compromise that eliminates a law limiting LGBT rights and which public restrooms transgender people can use.
As of Thursday, 18 lawmakers – including five Democrats – sponsored the measure to repeal what’s known as House Bill 2. But restrictions would be added back upon local governments seeking to extend anti-discrimination protections. The state also would still have power over policies involving multi-stall bathrooms.
There’s no word yet about if and when the bill will get heard.
Gay-rights groups and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper criticized the proposal after it was filed Wednesday. They have pushed for a simple repeal. The socially conservative North Carolina Values Coalition said Thursday that HB2 should stay in place.
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