• Majority of North Carolinians reject uni-sex bathrooms, won’t kow tow to gender benders.
By Dave Gahary —
A slight change in the makeup of the City Council of Charlotte, North Carolina has created a firestorm of controversy for the Tar Heel State, and offered clear insight into how our once-great nation is being overrun by those with an agenda diametrically opposed to the “silent majority.”
After two Democrats were elected to the 11-member City Council in 2015, on February 22 they voted, 7-4, in favor of an ordinance that failed in a 6-5 vote the year before, part of which would allow transgender types “to use either a men’s or women’s bathroom, depending on the gender with which they identify.” The amendment to the ordinance was scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2016. But that was before the N.C. House of Representatives and Senate took issue with the change.
On March 23, North Carolina’s House and Senate passed, within three hours of each other, House Bill 2 (H.B. 2), which was signed into law that same day by the former Charlotte mayor, now governor, Patrick Lloyd “Pat” McCrory.
H.B. 2, officially known as the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, established “Single-Sex Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities”—in other words, boys in the boys’ room and girls in the girls’ room. Since North Carolina’s anti-discrimination laws don’t include discrimination on the basis of sexuality or gender status, critics view the legislation as anti-homosexual, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) in more politically correct terms. These critics are the same confused citizens promoting the belief that sexual gender is nothing more than a natural nuisance: “I was born a boy, but if I want to be a girl, all I need to do is claim so,” and vice versa.
The law requires public schools and agencies to segregate bathrooms based on someone’s birth certificate, which scares the gender-bending critics, who fear that forcing transgender women into men’s rooms, and vice versa, will put free-thinking types at risk of violence.
North Carolina’s General Assembly holds total sway over municipalities. They could strike down entire ordinances, eliminate any provision of an ordinance, or send an issue to voters in the form of a referendum.
North Carolina is the fourth state in the last five years to ban local anti-discrimination ordinances after a city tried to protect homosexuals. After the city of Fayetteville tried to prohibit bosses, landlords, and shopkeepers from discriminating against homosexuals, Arkansas lawmakers struck back, as did Tennessee’s legislature when “Nashville and Davidson County cut ties with businesses that discriminated against LGBT workers.” On April 5, Mississippi Governor Dewey Phillip “Phil” Bryant (R) signed legislation that allows businesses to restrict service against homosexuals based on religious beliefs.
Besides being attacked by the usual suspects, McCrory is feeling the heat from a wide range of outlets.
New York, Connecticut, and Washington’s governors have banned government-connected travel to North Carolina, as did the mayors of San Francisco and Washington, D.C. as well as Boston’s city council. Minnesota’s governor banned state employees from nonessential travel to North Carolina until further notice, and the president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association warned that if the law stands “it will affect the state’s chances to host major college athletic events.” The National Basketball Association and ESPN also issued veiled threats.
Pro-homosexual groups like the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina released a list containing over 120 company executives who “have signed on to a letter criticizing the law and seeking its repeal,” including high-tech companies IBM, Hewlett Packard, Qualcomm, EMC Corp., as well as low-tech powerhouse PepsiCo, which traces its roots to North Carolina where it was created in the late 1890s. HRC is the nation’s largest national LGBT “civil rights” organization. American Airlines, biotech powerhouse Biogen, Paypal, and Google also warned of repercussions.
PayPal, the world’s largest online payment processor, announced April 5 “that it has abandoned its plans for a massive global operations center, which would have brought 400 new jobs to Charlotte.” Google’s venture capital arm decided not to invest in any N.C. startups until the law is reversed.
Jewish actor/director Rob Reiner, who played Michael Stivic, or “Meathead,” in the Jewish-created TV sitcom All in the Family, said he won’t produce movies there until “this hateful law is repealed,” and he called on others in Hollywood to do the same.
Supporters of the law, however, “say hundreds of businesses support the law and have signed on to their own letter praising McCrory and the legislature,” and the spokeswoman for N.C.’s senate leader stated that “an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians we’ve heard from support” the law. The General Assembly reconvenes April 25.
Dave Gahary, a former submariner in the U.S. Navy, is the host of AFP’s ‘Underground Interview’ series. He prevailed in a suit brought by the New York Stock Exchange in an attempt to silence him.