Target Exercises Right It Didn’t Have Under Charlotte Law

Target department stores have decided to open their bathrooms and changing rooms to transgendered individuals. A spokesman for the company told CNN that “We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity. Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.”

What no one has commented on is that, despite all of the (false) rhetoric about North Carolina banning such decisions, there is nothing in the state’s recently passed HB2 that makes Target’s decision illegal in the state or even discourages it. As I have previously noted, under North Carolina’s new law every business in the state has the right to exercise this same option.

Here’s the point, in the city of Charlotte, if its law had remained in place, Target would have lost its right to make such a decision. You might ask, how could this be? After all, the Charlotte bathroom ordinance would have barely impacted Target, since it would be mandating that the department store do at least something close to what it is doing anyway. But such a response would demonstrate a lack of understanding of what the concept of rights is all about.

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