Last month the city of Charlotte, North Carolina passed a measure allowing people to use restrooms that align with their "gender identity" rather than their biological sex. But the decision sparked a firestorm of debate on a statewide level.
According to NBC News, the 12 Democrats joined all the House Republicans in approving a state bill that reverses Charlotte's transgender measure and denies all cities and counties the ability to pass similar measures. Then as the bill moved into the Senate, Democrats walked out in protest, allowing Republican senators to pass it unanimously.
Late last night, Gov. Pat McCrory, who served as Charlotte's mayor in the past for 14 years, signed off on the legislation.
He said the bill stops Charlotte's "breach of basic privacy and etiquette." He referred to Charlotte's status as a major economic hub in his decision, saying in a statement that “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. 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."