Going to the restroom is a private matter. A private matter made public last month when the Charlotte City Council passed an ordinance allowing transgender people to use whatever public bathroom they feel comfortable using.
Then the state got involved. Legislators called a Special Session, debated and passed a bill.
Governor McCrory signed the bill into law effectively banned transgender people from using the bathroom they choose and put North Carolina at the center of a political firestorm.
Even with all the national exposure, Governor McCrory is confident this bill will protect more people than it will hurt.
"I signed the bill to prevent basic local government overreach and intrusion into the expectation of privacy that people have, men, women and children have when they enter a restroom, locker room or shower facility," said McCrory during a 1-on-1 interview with 2 Wants to Know’s Chad Silber.
Opponents of this new law say it targets transgendered people. Silber asked McCrory his thoughts saying, “Imagine a man who identifies as a woman now being forced to use the men's bathroom dressed as a woman.” McCrory responded, "First of all, no one has to dress that way if they… We are still not eliminating, we didn't pass any regulation eliminating any unisex bathrooms in our schools or in the private sector."
McCrory's opponent for Governor, Attorney General Roy Cooper, released a video response. "North Carolina is better than this,” said Cooper. “Discrimination is wrong, period. That North Carolina is putting discrimination into the law is shameful.”
Local lawmakers are also responding.
Guilford Co. Rep. Cecil Brockman (D):
"Yesterday's special session was a wasteful and unnecessary overreach by the legislature into a local matter. The Republicans need to get their heads out of the toilet and focus on North Carolina's real priorities such as education, jobs, and healthcare. I am disappointed that Gov. McCrory and GOP leadership have allowed for blatant discrimination in our state."
Speaker of the House Rep. Tim Moore (R):
“I am glad that my colleagues joined together today to pass this bill that overrules the foolish and dangerous restroom ordinance passed by the city council and mayor of Charlotte. North Carolinians have spoken loud and clear that they are deeply concerned about what this ordinance means for the safety and expectation of privacy for women and children. In all the years I have served in the General Assembly I have never seen such a negative reaction to an ordinance passed by a municipality.”
Forsyth Co. Sen. Paul Lowe (D):
“As you know, the Democrats in the Senate were NOT allowed to participate in the framing of the bill. Therefore it follows that we did not participate in the vote and we walked out of the Chamber. Beyond that there is an inherent problem in this bill as passed: it seeks to deal with equality through fear. The “bathroom issue” could have been resolves through some negotiations and discussion---things that were missing from Wednesday’s Session.”
Forsyth Rep. Evelyn Terry (D):
“Yesterday the citizens of North Carolina lost another battle in the raging War against Bigotry and Hatred. Also lost was our own potential tax revenue from Title IX dollars that allow our youth access to educational benefits. HB 2 opens the floodgate for States Rights, discriminating against anyone unlike “us” (them). It puts the state of North Carolina in a shameless hellhole of ignorance and bigotry. We all ought to be ashamed. I was unable to be there yesterday to push red, which is my only regret about this issue.”