RALEIGH (ChurchMilitant.com) - After a month-long legal dispute over North Carolina's November gubernatorial race results, pro-family Republican incumbent Pat McCrory is conceding the race to Democrat Roy Cooper.
Now controversial House Bill 2 (HB2) is in danger of being overturned, allowing people who self-identify as any gender to use whatever public bathroom and shower facility of their choosing.
In March, Cooper, the state's Attorney General (AG), commented that HB2 made the state a "national embarrassment" that "will set North Carolina's economy back if we don't repeal it."
He went further to say, "The threats to our economy will grow even darker the longer this law stays in effect."
Cooper even refused to represent North Carolina when the Obama administration threatened to file a lawsuit against the state.
Phil Berger, North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore, commented, "Roy Cooper's refusal to defend the law makes clear he wants the ACLU to win by default in federal court what they can't win at the ballot box and allow men to walk into locker rooms at YMCAs across our country and undress in front of young girls."
McCrory responded, "As the state's attorney, he can't select which laws he will defend and which laws are politically expedient to refuse to defend. ... When you are the state's lawyer, you are a lawyer first and a politician second."
Following the passage of HB2 in March, an explosion of opposition took place from all corners, including the Obama administration, Paypal the NBA and Bruce Springsteen, among others.
The Obama administration threatened to pull billions of dollars in federal funding over HB2. In a letter sent to the governor, the Justice Department claimed that in virtue of HB2, McCrory and the state were in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
California-based corporation PayPal changed its plans to build a $3.6 million global operations center in North Carolina — costing the state about 400 new jobs.
PayPal CEO Dan Schulman released a statement claiming HB2 "perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal's mission and culture."
It goes on claim, "This decision reflects PayPal's deepest values and our strong belief that every person has the right to be treated equally, and with dignity and respect."
Bruce Springsteen canceled a show in April in Greensboro, claiming the move "is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards." He called HB2 "prejudice and bigotry" but made no comment about performing in Syria, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in 2010, where homosexuals face extreme punishment, including death.
LGBT activists are making HB2 out to discriminate against gays and lesbians, even though the bill doesn't address people engaging in same-sex relations. Gay activists are also lumping the law together with various "religious freedom" bills voted on or being discussed in different states.
"I think the media is connecting the two when there's absolutely no connection whatsoever," McCrory commented to the Charlotte Observer. "They're two different issues."