It was a heated debate over transgender rights, but North Carolina lawmakers failed to repeal the ‘Bathroom Bill’ on Wednesday.
- Deal to repeal North Carolina's anti-LGBT law collapsed
- Republican state legislators quit trying to repeal the law called House Bill 2
- Law omits gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from state anti-discrimination protections and orders transgender people to use bathrooms and showers that align with their sex at birth
- Mayor Rick Kriseman's editorial in The Charlotte Observer
The bill bans people from using public restrooms that don’t correspond to their biological sex as listed on their birth certificates.
In an op-ed in The Charlotte Observer in April, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman extended an offer to North Carolina residents to move to St. Pete. He said he wants them to know that St. Petersburg is welcoming, inclusive, and open for business.
Kriseman also wrote that he wants business to relocate to Florida, where “the sun shines on all.”
Lawmakers were expected to repeal it on Wednesday with Republicans feuding over whether to fully or partially repeal it, and Democrats accusing them of reneging on a pledge to get rid of it, lawmakers couldn’t come to an agreement.
For now, the bill will remain in place.