NC Governor Doesn’t Want “Government Overreach,” Keeps Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill

Because nothing says “government overreach” like having an ID check at a public restroom. Mississippi’s better bigoted half, North Carolina, is the OG of gender discrimination. North Carolina was the first to pass a so-called “bathroom bill” that requires people to use the bathroom of the gender that is listed on their birth certificate. This was in response to the city of Charlotte passing a non-discrimination ordinance. When Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law, he tweefed (the Twitter version of “mouth-queefed”) out this gem:

“Ordinance defied common sense, allowing men to use women’s bathroom/locker room for instance. That’s why I signed bipartisan bill to stop it.”

Gov. McCrory, a Republican (what were you expecting, anyway?), tried to defend that shit law on Meet the Press yesterday, and his reasoning was as fuckwitted as you might expect. From NBC News:

“The city of Charlotte passed a bathroom ordinance mandate on every private sector employer in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the largest, 15th, 16th-largest cities in the United States of America. And I think that’s government overreach. It’s not government’s business to tell the private sector what their bathroom, locker room, or shower practices should be. [….] We should continue to have the tradition that we’ve been having in this country for years. And we have a women’s facility and a men’s facility. You know, it’s worked out pretty well. [We’ve got to] deal with this extremely new social norm that has come to our nation at a very quick period of time.”

What can you say to this convoluted logic, except:

Thank goddess the government got involved in telling people where they could and couldn’t piss so they could prevent all that government overreach. Let’s also talk about that whole argument about not getting involved in private sector discrimination. Gov. McCrory had this to say about what would happen if the Charlotte non-discrimination ordinance were allowed to stand:

“This civil rights bill will wind up putting a homeowner in jail because he doesn’t sell his home to someone that some bureaucrat thinks he ought to sell it to. My friends, a man’s home is his castle…and he ought to be able to sell it to people with blue eyes and green teeth if he wants to; it’s his home.”

“We haven’t been against people. We’ve been against big government trying to take over and write a guideline for you and tell you how to cross the street, what to do with your union and your business when you know how to do it yourself.”

I’m just fucking with you. Those aren’t quotes from Gov. McCrory, they’re from infamous anti-segregationist, Democratic Gov. George Wallace of Alabama. But doesn’t it just flow nicely with the other bullshit? See, North Carolina, this is what happens when you legislate discrimination – you make it harder to tell the difference between you and the bad guys.

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