The North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday approved a bill that would prevent local governments from passing nondiscrimination ordinances and from opening bathrooms for people to use based on the gender with which they identify.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s office released a statement late Wednesday stating that he had signed the bill.
The vote in the House was 82-26 after three hours of debate, with all Republicans voting for it and 11 Democrats breaking ranks with their party to support the bill.
The Senate voted 32-0 in favor after all 11 Democrats present walked out in protest, saying they had not been allowed to participate in the process of writing or amending the legislation.