Some Republicans Shifting Position on HB2

Where Do Republicans Stand?

Both the NCAA and the ACC pulled championship events from North Carolina, blaming HB2.

Now, the party responsible for enacting the law and standing united behind it is showing signs of a split.

As the ACC news spread, responses from Republican lawmakers started to trickle in. Some of them suggesting it's time for a change.

Statement from Republican Senator Rick Gunn who represents Alamance and Randolph Counties:

“I'm opposed to giving men access to girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms, but I also am concerned about the impact HB 2 is having on our state and the Triad – especially NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference athletic championship events – and I think it is time we give serious consideration to modifying, or possibly repealing, HB 2. It is time for the federal courts to protect women and girls' privacy and strike down President Obama's bathroom sharing mandate.”

Statement from Republican Senator Tamara Barringer who represents Wake County:

“I do not want men or boys legally to be able to share the same locker rooms or bathrooms with my 16 year old daughter and her classmates or teammates,” she said. “However, if we want to preserve the proud heritage of North Carolina, it is time for our leadership to consider a substantial and immediate repeal of HB2.”

Their opinions are in the minority of their party.

During a phone interview with Representative Pat Hurley, the Republican who represents Randolph County said, "I just feel like somebody needs to listen to what is really going on and know that this is not to hurt North Carolina, to hurt anything of the economic, it's just to protect our women and our children."

2 Wants to Know asked about the shift in position of some lawmakers to a Political Science expert at High Point University. Martin Kifer said the State Legislature passes laws they think will best serve the people, but what's best for the people can change.

"They also can make decisions about how to modify them,” said Kifer. “They can also make decisions about whether to repeal them and so right now you may see folks considering whether or not the apparent costs outweigh the benefits."

As for Governor Pat McCrory, he released a statement following the ACC announcement:

"The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation. I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation’s judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach.”

It is almost the same at the statement he released the day before following the NCAA announcement.

"The issue of redefining gender and basic norms of privacy will be resolved in the near future in the United States court system for not only North Carolina, but the entire nation. I strongly encourage all public and private institutions to both respect and allow our nation’s judicial system to proceed without economic threats or political retaliation toward the 22 states that are currently challenging government overreach. Sadly, the NCAA, a multi-billion dollar, tax-exempt monopoly, failed to show this respect at the expense of our student athletes and hard-working men and women."

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