Libertarians Say Repeal HB2

The Libertarian Party has joined the growing list of organizations calling for the repeal of House Bill 2.

“The state has no authority to determine gender,” the unanimous resolution states. HB 2 also “unduly intrudes state authority into local decision-making and unreasonably limits the ability of the citizens … to govern themselves.”

In addition, the bill reduces individual rights because it “bans citizens from using state courts to remedy discrimination”

Nic Haag, Libertarian candidate for NC Senate 44, introduced the resolution. It was endorsed by General Assembly candidates Brad Hessel, NC Senate 15, Brian Irving, NC House 36, and Rob Rose, NC 37.

The convention was held in Raleigh last weekend.

The convention also passed a resolution calling for the repeal of the ban on counting write-in votes. The state does not count the votes for persons who haven’t gathered enough petition signatures.

This “amounts to the legislature picking and choosing which votes to count, sometimes yielding suspicious results like unanimous vote tallies in our statewide elections,” the resolutions says.

Six candidates for the Libertarian presidential nomination participated in a forum Saturday. They included former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, the party’s 2012 standard-bearer.

In other business, the convention elected at-large members to the state executive committee and adopted a revised platform. It also selected delegates to the Libertarian National Convention and nominated presidential electors.

Read the resolutions here.



    April 29, 2016 at 13:14
    My email to the LPNC, at info[at]

    To the Libertarian Party of North Carolina:
    Here are two responses (the second one mine) to your announced position in regard to HB 2. You should be aware that there is a serious problem with a libertarian taking a position that is in favor of government, including at the lower levels (local) telling business owners what their bathroom policies must be. To be sure, HB 2 isn’t perfect, in regards to conformance with libertarian principles, but it is far better than that taken by the local government of Charlotte, NC.
    Instead of taking the position you did, you should acknowledge that HB 2’s position in regards to business bathroom policy is correct, and that the remainder, the dispute between state and local government, is arguably incorrect from a libertarian standpoint.
    Jim Bell

    Kevin Harper commented As a long time Libertarian I think you screwed up on this one. The Charlotte law took away the rights of an individual (read private business owner) from choice. It was government overreach. HB2 allows the individual to make that choice and only puts restrictions in government buildings. It also restricts local governments from having over reach of personal freedoms.

    In the past I have voted, given money too and worked on ballot access for the libertarian party, with this poor decision I think my vote, money and time are best spent elsewhere.

    jim bell commented NC Libertarians, you screwed up with your call to repeal HB 2.
    You are too busy being PC to be libertarian.
    And I’m a lifelong libertarian, and have known it for over 40 years.

    1. The LPNC opposes both the charlotte ordinance and HB2 as a classic example of government overreach. This resolution just focused on the General Assembly’s action, as it is a state-wide issue. It actually expands government power to intrude into another personal area — defining a person’s sex.

      The author of the resolution, Nic Haag, put in this way, “Where the state went wrong is invalidating the gender self-identification rights of transgender individuals undergoing their transition. Transgender individuals are victimized at a far higher percentage than nearly any other demographic.”

      The bill also took away a person’s right to sue in state court if they are fired from a job because they are transgender. Laws should not limit or take away rights; they should protect them.

      HB2 also continues to recognize “protected classes,” under the concept of “group rights.” Libertarians believe there is no such thing as “group rights,” only individual rights.

      The manner in which this law was written (in secret), sent through a short, cursory public hearing, and then quickly passed by the General Assembly is also troubling, to say the least. (In 11 hours and 10 minutes by some accounts)

      Finally, there is the point that this is a manufactured problem, created by and kept alive by special interest groups on both “sides” of the issue. I haven’t seen any media reports of actual cases of either a transgender person being beaten up because they were in the “wrong” bathroom or some transgender person caught molesting a child in the “wrong” bathroom.

      I invite you to read Nic’s excellent article articulating libertarian arguments against HB2.Libertarians are no always in lock-step on every position on every issue.

      Libertarians don’t always agree 100% on every issue, even lifelong Libertarians. But the points we agree on far outweigh those we disagree on.

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