Forsyth Rep. Hanes calls for special session to address HB2

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Forsyth County Rep. Ed Hanes says “North Carolina has had enough” of House Bill 2.

In a statement to FOX8 on Thursday, the Democratic lawmaker says he has called for a special meeting of the General Assembly to address the law.

“It’s clear a mistake was made and it’s time to admit that mistake,” he said.

Rep. Hanes also commended Sen. Rick Gunn of Alamance County and Sen. Tamara Barringer of Cary for being the first Republicans to come out and say HB2 needs to be reworked or repealed.

The North Carolina law, which was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory in March but is still commonly referred to as House Bill 2, nullified local government ordinances establishing anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But it gained widespread attention for its stipulation requiring people in publicly owned buildings to use restrooms that correspond with the gender listed on their birth certificate.

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