Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Plumbing The Depths Of HB2
We cats are superior creatures, of course, but there are two things about the North Carolina anti-LGBT contretemps that we still don't understand.
First, how in the heck is House Bill 2 — which declares that you must use the restroom that matches the gender on your birth certificate — going to be enforced?
We've yet to see anyone adequately explain this. Will cops be stationed outside the doors? Or will it be like the TSA, where you'll get wanded or X-rayed by all sorts of fancy gizmos? (Or will they just stick their hands down your pants?) Will North Carolinians have to carry their birth certificates with them wherever they go?
Second, we've seen coverage that the Tarheel State's fraud of a Governor (remember, he ran as a moderate) has been blindsided by the outrage at HB2, especially from the business world. Really? Has Pat McCrory never heard of the Corporate Equality Index? Is he completely clueless about why companies are interested in attracting talented people to states where they'd want to live? Does he never chat with his Chamber of Commerce buddies about how employee benefits have changed since Obergefell v. Hodges? We could go on and on.
Meanwhile, Ringo Starr is the latest celeb to cancel a concert in North Carolina — and over in Louisiana, John Bel Edwards has issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, thus proving what a difference having a Democrat in office can make.
So, NBA All-Star Game, the ball is literally and figuratively in your court. In the meantime, somebody please explain this bathroom enforcement thing to us. (We have just figured out the answer to the second question, and it's this: Just because the Republicans have a lot more money than we do, doesn't mean that they're smart.) We cats PURR.