New NC bill looks to overturn House Bill 2

North Carolina General Assembly

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A bill introduced Tuesday in the North Carolina General Assembly seeks to undo House Bill 2.

One sponsor of the nine-page bill, called The Equality for All Act, is Rep. Chris Sgro of Guilford, who is openly gay. Sgro is one of four primary sponsors, all of whom are Democrats.

The others are Kelly Alexander Jr. of Mecklenburg, Pricey Harrison of Guilford and Susan Fisher of Buncombe.

However, the North Carolina General Assembly is dominated by Republicans, who have defended House Bill 2 despite an intense national discussion since the bill passed. Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, also has stood by the bill.

The bill includes language that says “protected status” would include sexual orientation and gender identity in addition to other categories like race, color, national origin, religion, sex, and disability.

The bill also strikes the words of “biological sex” and replaces it with sexual orientation and gender identity.

It also changes the current House Bill 2 by saying public accommodations (such as bathrooms) “shall provide access to such facilities based on a person’s gender identity.”

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