CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed quotes to ACLU spokesperson Mike Meno. The story has been updated to reflect the changes. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
After nearly a year of calls for repeal and lawsuits, House Bill 2 is once again at a standstill, as legislators and activists are increasingly skeptical that compromise is possible, or even desirable.
A deal with the Charlotte City Council fell through in December when the council rescinded the local ordinance that HB2 was designed to void and the N.C. General Assembly was unable to pass a full repeal.
N.C. State University political science professor Steven Greene said a potential negotiated version of the bill could abandon the strictly birth certificate angle in favor of more deliberate language.
“It seems like if you really were more clear, and tightened up the definitions of gender identity and bathroom use, you can actually avoid a lot of the misinformation and scare-mongering surrounding this bill," he said.
Renee Wells, director of N.C. State's GLBT Center, said only a full repeal would restore trust in the General Assembly.
“It’s not one of those issues that you compromise on,” said Wells. “You either accept people for who they are, and afford them rights in accordance with who they are, or you don’t.”
Mike Meno, spokesperson for the N.C. American Civil Liberties Union said the ACLU would not accept anything less than a full repeal.
"Compromises have been discussed and reported on by the media, but they don’t do enough to address the stigmatization and targeting of trans people," he said.