RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Monday, Pat McCrory conceded from the North Carolina governor’s race and North Carolinians now wonder what will happen to House Bill 2.
House Bill 2, among other things, requires people to use the bathroom associated with the gender on their birth certificate in government-owned buildings. Since it was passed, it has caused controversy.
People against the bill are hopeful for a change.
“We’ve replaced somebody who is anti-LGBT, who is the face of the discriminatory House Bill 2 with someone who is pro-LGBT and pro-equality. I think that sends a big message,” said Ben Graumann, development manager for the group Equality North Carolina.
For months, Graumann and dozens of other groups, and people against House Bill 2 protested and rallied, calling for the governor to repeal the law.
And for months, Governor McCrory defended the bill against national scrutiny.
“Time, and time again, McCrory doubled down on HB 2 and I think North Carolina showed when they went to the polls they don’t agree with McCrory and they voted for Roy Cooper,” Graumann said.
Not everyone agrees with that idea.
“Obviously the people of North Carolina support the principle of privacy and safety in bathrooms, locker rooms and showers. And we hope the governor-elect will continue that same position,” said Tami Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald is the Executive Director of The North Carolina Values Coalition, which is a group in favor of HB 2.
She says it’s obvious the majority of the state favors HB 2 because voters chose to keep power in the hands of Republicans in the General Assembly this past election.
Fitzgerald says the N.C. Values Coalition is putting Roy Cooper on notice that the state has different values from the outside interest groups she says supported his campaign.
“The people of North Carolina overwhelming support the idea of protecting the privacy and safety of their wives, their daughters, their mothers in bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms,” she said.
During his campaign, Cooper called for the repeal of HB 2.