CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Pat McCrory said House Bill 2 is not likely to be repealed at this point.
“This will most likely be resolved in the Supreme Court,” he said, during remarks Tuesday at a Rotary Club in Charlotte.
Legislative leaders had signaled they would likely be willing to repeal the controversial law if Charlotte City Council first repealed the non-discrimination ordinance that prompted lawmakers to consider HB2. Monday, Charlotte’s mayor said a repeal of the local ordinance wasn’t in the cards.
McCrory threw the blame for the situation at the feet of the Charlotte city government.
“Charlotte is causing more problems by trying to solve a problem that does not exist,” he said. “Leadership is trying to find a solution and three times this year, including the last four days, I’ve tried to work with leadership both in the house and senate and with the Charlotte leadership to find a solution. There are people who don’t want that solution, including my opponent and including some of the leadership in Charlotte and some people in the legislature.”
He also said he tried to find a way to undo the bill.
“I tried to work with leadership to find a solution, but there are people who don’t want that solution,” he said.
HB2 requires individuals to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate in government buildings, schools and universities, and initially took away the ability of employees to sue their employers in state court for discrimination or wrongful termination, among other things.
“We’re going to recognize men and women based on their anatomy, not based upon this new concept of gender identity and gender expression,” McCrory said.
Months later, the legislature voted to change the portion of HB2 that stripped workers of the right to sue their employers for wrongful termination.