When it was revealed on Tuesday that the Charlotte City Council had violated certain standards of protocol, by having a closed door meeting on the repeal of the ordinance that prompted HB2, it put the deal made my outgoing Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina General Assembly, Governor-elect Roy Cooper, and the Charlotte City Council in jeopardy.
The deal made (and touted by Cooper, falsely, as his own accomplishment) was that for a full repeal of the Charlotte City Ordinance, McCrory would call a special session, in order to repeal the bathroom bill.
What the Charlotte City Council did, instead, was to shut the doors to the public and the press, and agreed to partially repeal the offensive ordinance, not fully repeal, as agreed upon.
The General Assembly and heads of the Republican Party in the state expressed doubt that the good faith deal they made could go through, considering Democrats had already broken the agreement.
This morning, under mounting pressure, Charlotte agreed to uphold their end of the bargain.
Following a night of confusion after it was revealed that two parts of Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance still stood – which could have put a deal to repeal House Bill 2 in jeopardy – Charlotte City Council voted to repeal all of it Wednesday morning.
Council members said at Wednesday’s emergency meeting that it was not their intention to try to pull a fast one on the General Assembly.
It never is, with Democrats. It just sort of happens, right?
— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) December 21, 2016
The meeting was hurriedly called an hour before the General Assembly was to meet, in order to discuss repeal of HB2.
At this point, it seems that if Charlotte holds true to their word (finally), there will be little trouble in getting the support for a repeal of HB2.
— Jonah Kaplan (@KaplanABC11) December 21, 2016
The problem, at that point, becomes the likelihood of another liberal pocket of North Carolina enacting the same kind of dangerous ordinance as that which began in Charlotte and stirred up this maelstrom, to begin with.
Durham County councilman, Charlie Reese, has already stated that as soon as HB2 is repealed, Durham will enact a similar ordinance, as they are not part of the deal between the state and Charlotte. It will then become more difficult for the General Assembly to act to protect citizens from the social justice experimentation of men like Reese and Charlotte’s Mayor Jennifer Roberts.
Anyone who would like to mass contact their North Carolina state representatives and urge them to keep HB2 can do so through this link.
A statement by Lt. Governor Dan Forest was released a short time ago:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Lt. Governor Dan Forest releases the following statement regarding special session to repeal HB 2:
“Charlotte repealed an ordinance that the General Assembly already voided months ago. I support HB 2 and do not favor its repeal. No economic, political or ideological pressure can convince me that what is wrong is right. It will always be wrong for men to have access to women’s showers and bathrooms. If HB 2 is repealed, there will be nothing on the books to prevent another city or county to take us down this path again. The left has already publicly stated the removal of HB 2 is necessary for the rest of their agenda to move forward. With certainty, if HB 2 is repealed, we will fight this battle all over again with another city or county. The names will change, but the national groups who are pushing this agenda will not stop until their social engineering is accomplished. The only thing stopping them are those of us who continue to stand strong.”