As most of us know the Charlotte, city council recently tried to legalize the use of personal areas such as: bathrooms, dressing rooms and showers by opposite sexes, but Gov. Pat McCrory’s quick action blocked this attempt thus preserving the privacy and avoiding the potential for perversion.
Yet for his gallant effort, the governor has been criticized by every group that makes it’s living misleading minorities, subjected to extortion from businesses threatening to leave or not move to N.C. and even a ‘has been’ entertainer’s boycott.
These days you would find few governors that would risk their political future to truly represent the will of their constituents. McCrory’s challenger — Roy Cooper — refused to support the personal privacy of House Bill2 or commonly called the “Bathroom Bill.” This was no surprise to most as Cooper also refused to defend our state’s “Marriage Amendment” that North Carolina voters approved 61.04 percent to 38.96 percent.
Charlotte happens to be the largest city in North Carolina as is New York City to New York state. It makes you wonder what is it about ‘big cities’ that makes them seem short on moral leadership.
N.Y. state Gov. Cuomo forbid New York government employees from traveling to North Carolina because he doesn’t like N.C. privacy law for public bathrooms yet says nothing about NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio making it legal to urinate in the streets. We shouldn’t stop travel to New York, but we should make it mandatory that all North Carolinians traveling there be equipped with water proof boots.
Since the signing of HB-2, there has been a flood of false, uninformed information about it’s contents and to put it colloquially, some are just flat out a bunch of dang lies. All this misinformation has brought up questions that need to be addressed.
— Does this bill allow bullying against transgender children in schools? Answer: North Carolina law specifically prohibits bullying and harassing behavior of any child.
— How does this new law affects transgender children or students in North Carolina? Answer: Children are based on their sexual identity. If a child looks like a boy or girl, that’s how they are treated.
— Does this bill affect people with disabilities? Answer: No. Statewide law also bans discrimination based on disability.
— Why did North Carolina pass this law in the first place? Answer: The bill was passed after the Charlotte City Council voted to impose a regulation requiring businesses to allow a man into a women’s restroom, shower, or locker room if they choose. This ordinance would have eliminated the basic expectations of privacy people have when using the restroom by allowing people to use the restroom of their choice. This new local regulation brought up serious privacy concerns by parents, businesses and others across the state, as well as safety concerns that this new local rule could be used by people who would take advantage of this to do harm to others. In fact, the Charlotte City Council tried to pass this ordinance before but failed, and passed the same ordinance in February 2016 despite serious concerns.
— What about parents or caregivers bringing children into the restroom? Answer: The law provides exceptions to young children accompanied by parents or caregivers.
— Will this bill threaten federal funding for public schools under Title IX? Answer: Not according to a federal court that has looked at a similar issue.
— Will this bill prevent people from receiving medical attention in an emergency? Answer: Nothing will prevent people from receiving medical attention in public or private accommodations.
— Will this bill affect North Carolina’s ability to create or recruit jobs? Answer: This bill does not affect companies in North Carolina. North Carolina was one of the top states to do business in the country before this law was passed, and preventing Charlotte’s bathroom ordinance from going into effect on April 1 won’t change that.
— Why is the state telling cities and towns what it can do by repealing an ordinance the elected members of the Charlotte City Council passed? Answer: North Carolina is one of at least 37 states like Virginia where cities and towns cannot pass rules or regulations that exceed the authority given to them by the state. In passing the bathroom ordinance, Charlotte was exceeding its authority and setting rules that had ramifications beyond the city of Charlotte. The legislature acted to address privacy and safety concerns if this ordinance was allowed to go into effect on April 1.
North Carolina owes a debt of gratitude to our governor for standing up to the liberal forces that are hard at work trying to destroy the moral fiber of our state and our nation.
Mark Schenck is chairman of the Scotland County Republican Party.