Sunday, May 8, 2016

North Carolina Governor: It's Unrealistic For Us To Repeal In Three Days What We Did In One

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, appearing on Fox News Sunday, told host Chris Wallace that he will comply with the Justice Department’s Monday deadline to either scrap its transgender bathroom law or face legal action and risk losing federal funds.

McCrory made specific mention of the three working days that the state was given to repeal the anti-trans law.

“I don’t think that three working days is enough time for such a pretty big threat,” he told Fox News. “It’s the federal government being a bully, making law.”

Interestingly, the legislation was passed and signed into law in less than one day. I'm not sure how the governor and state lawmakers couldn't undo in three days what it did in one.

The Human Rights Campaign brings up the same issue in a statement today:

“If HB2 was passed in a day, it can be repealed in a day, too. Pat McCrory’s excuse that he needs more time to comply with the Department of Justice after he rammed through and signed HB2 in the dark of night in a matter of hours doesn’t hold water,” said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. “Pat McCrory even admitted on national television that his biggest excuse for passing HB2 is a lie. He couldn’t cite a single example of threats to public safety from non-discrimination ordinances like the one in Charlotte. That’s because they do not exist. HB2 is breaking federal civil rights laws and has put billions of dollars in federal funding on the line. It must be fully repealed immediately.”

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