Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has completed the reversal of state legislation that barred men from women’s public restrooms and showers.
The move is drawing a warning from one of the state’s most prominent personalities: Franklin Graham.
The CEO and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse commented Monday via Facebook after Cooper signed an executive order allowing people to use facilities according to their “gender identity” rather that biological sex.
“North Carolinians have been betrayed by Governor Roy Cooper. The people of this state are now going to be exposed to pedophiles and sexually perverted men in women’s public restrooms,” Graham wrote.
“Shame on him and those who supported this executive order for being so morally bankrupt and blind to the threat this is to young girls, children, and women. Join me in praying that the eyes of the governor and other politicians who support this would be opened to the dangers, and that the people throughout the state will let their voices and concern be heard,” he said.
“What the governor has done is wrong, and if one woman or one child is molested because of this executive order, he should be held accountable,” Graham said.
LGBT activists, as well as the Obama White House, decried the state’s 2016 law, HB 2, restricting the use of gender-segregated facilities according to the gender listed on one’s birth certificate. The state’s economy lost hundreds of millions of dollars as businesses canceled major expansion plans, sporting events moved out of state, including the NBA All-Star Game.
Earlier this year, Cooper signed HB 142, which repealed portions of HB 2 but kept in place the requirement that showers and bathrooms be used “in accordance with one’s sex on their birth certificate.”
Now, Cooper’s new executive order requires that the state no longer make decisions based on “sexual orientation, gender identity” or “gender expression.”
He ordered that rules be set up for “all state agencies, boards, commissions, and departments under the jurisdiction of the office of the governor” to allow men who want to dress and be treated as women to go to the restroom and take showers with women.
He also ordered that contractors who do business with the state be required to prove that they support the transgender agenda.
Demanding periodic reports on the progress the state makes on the social agenda, the governor has created a “Commission on Inclusion.”
The panel will create goals and strategies, and identify offenders of the law.
“The left was upset that Cooper didn’t sign a full repeal of HB 2,” said Claire Chretien of LifeSiteNews, which monitored the state’s change from traditional morality to unrestricted transgenderism.
“HB 142 weakened, but still left in place some key parts of HB 2. It also prevents cities from passing pro-LGBT ‘public accommodation’ nondiscrimination laws until 2020.”
OneNewsNow reported the North Carolina Values Coalition warned residents that with Cooper’s new executive order, business owners and others are “essentially being forced to choose between living by the convictions” of their faith or losing government contracts.”
“Bathroom privacy and safety are sacrificed under Roy Cooper’s bathroom plan, which is more akin to Harvey Weinstein’s bathroom plan,” the group said. “Anyone who has or seeks a government contract with the state or receive government benefits – like churches and religious organizations – will have to adopt internal operating policies.”
Critics of the governor’s social agenda say it creates special protections and allowances for a favored group of people, transgenders, while others are must give up privacy and safety.