Opinion

‘Bathroom bills’ not only wrong, but also costly

A Gazette editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The National Basketball Association will move its All-Star Weekend out of North Carolina because conservative bigots in that state’s legislature passed a “bathroom bill” to discriminate against transgender people. The revocation is expected to cost the Tarheel State about $100 million in lost tourism and commerce.

Previously, North Carolina was forced to take $500,000 from its disaster relief fund to pay for litigation it brought on itself over the new law that forbids sex-changed people to use restrooms matching their new sex.

A business-promoting group, Progress NC Action, calls the bathroom bill “an economic disaster for North Carolina.” It said the NBA loss comes “on top of the hundreds of jobs and millions in tourism dollars that our state has already lost over [the law].”

Discriminating against people isn’t just morally wrong. States are repeatedly finding that it is also bad for business…

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