North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill late Wednesday to overturn a bathroom ordinance that allowed men to use women’s bathrooms.
Charlotte’s city council passed an ordinance to take effect April 1 that would allow people to use the bathroom they say is their true gender, regardless of their biological gender. Supporters of the ordinance described it as an anti-discrimination bill that protects transgender people, but opponents said men would exploit it to legally use women’s restrooms and locker rooms. The bill signed Wednesday prevents local governments from enacting similar ordinances, WCNC reports.
“The basic expectation of privacy in the most personal of settings, a restroom or locker room, for each gender was violated by government overreach and intrusion by the mayor and city council of Charlotte,” McCrory said in a statement. “This radical breach of trust and security under the false argument of equal access not only impacts the citizens of Charlotte but people who come to Charlotte to work, visit or play. This new government regulation defies common sense and basic community norms by allowing, for example, a man to use a woman’s bathroom, shower or locker room.” READ MORE