These two pinbacks bookend the political career (so far) of Pat McCrory. In 1989 as a Republican newcomer he was elected to an at-large seat on Charlotte City Council, which led first to 14 years as mayor and then to a single, HB2-marred term as governor.
As everywhere else in the state, public opinion on HB2 in Forsyth County was starkly split.
In a one-day special session on March 23, 2016, the N.C. General Assembly had reversed a Charlotte ordinance expanding gay and transgender protections — most controversially, the right to use public restrooms based on gender identity. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill that night, making it a central issue in his unsuccessful campaign for reelection.
On March 30, 2017, after a year of national boycotts and other protests against the “bathroom bill,” the legislature approved a compromise that repealed HB2 but restricted anti-discrimination ordinances in cities and counties. Gov. Roy Cooper signed the measure into law.