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N.C. Lawmakers And Governor Announce Plan To Repeal Anti-Trans 'Bathroom Bill'

By Mark Pygas

On February 22, 2016, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed a local ordinance that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in public accommodations. A month later, on March 23, the North Carolina Senate struck down this ordinance by passing House Bill 2, which eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and legislated that in government buildings, individuals could only use the bathroom that corresponded with the sex on their birth certificate. 

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Outrage and boycotts soon followed the passing of the unpopular bill. PayPal cancelled plans to create 400 jobs in the state, taking $20 million in annual wages with them. Deutsche Bank joined them and cancelled planned expansion in the state, taking another 250 jobs.