Those who protected privacy and safety in North Carolina’s bathroom and locker room in a new law (HB 2) are mounting counterattacks against its critics, showing that many of the attacks are ill-informed or outright fraudulent, and that the law is a legitimate way of protecting people all over the state.
Civitas’ Brian Balfour notes the hypocrisy of the big corporations that have piled on the Old North State. These companies decry inequality, but demand special tax breaks and favors for themselves.
Over at NC Capitol Connection, Matt Caulder has a story about how the top legislators lambasted the leftist agenda behind the attacks:
Senate President Pro-Tem Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) issued a joint statement Monday in response to the lawsuit, saying, “While they’ve accused the state of disrespecting local control, the irony is far-left groups like the national ACLU, their out-of-state lawyers and Attorney General Roy Cooper want to use North Carolina as a pawn in their extreme agenda to force women and young girls to welcome grown men into their bathrooms and locker rooms nationwide.
Gov. Pat McCrory launched a video response rejecting activists’ claims. He noted that the “legislation was passed to protect men women and children when they use a public restroom, shower or locker-room. That is an expectation of privacy that must be honored and respected. Instead, North Carolina has been the target of a vicious, nation-wide smear campaign. Disregarding the facts, other politicians, from the White House to mayors and city council members and yes our Attorney General, have initiated and promoted conflict to advance their political agenda.”
Other observers are weighing in, too. The Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson, who was a speaker at our Conservative Leadership Conference, says at the Daily Signal the interference of big corporations is a textbook case of cultural cronyism: “Big business has stomped into another state, trying to impose the values of the cultural left. This time, a governor who dared to stand up for responsible policy is being targeted by big business’ bullying over bathrooms.”
A good summary of the common sense behind the bill can be found at National Review, where Jane Clark Scharl writes: “The people who stand to lose the most if the ACLU gets its way are women and children. Some have had traumatic experiences in restrooms, locker rooms, and similar private spaces. They have suffered sexual and physical assault and then pieced together lives as normal as they could manage. Some were raped in the kinds of spaces that HB2 protects. For them, exposure to a naked person of the opposite biological sex can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Another writer weighs in with Six Reasons North Carolina Got It Right.