BP #9

When you gotta go, you gotta go, to the bathroom that is. This article gives some insight into the controversy behind House Bill 2 and its consequences. Today, the North Carolina governor as well as other North Carolina lawmakers repealed the controversial law that plainly discriminated against members of the L.G.B.T. community.

Back in 2016, when the bill was passed, it was not a expected result to receive a national backlash from companies, entertainers and sports leagues. One such sports league that found the bill to be discriminatory was the N.C.A.A. In addition, performers like Bruce Springsteen canceled concerts, and the N.C.A.A., Atlantic Coast Conference and National Basketball Association have moved high-profile events. One major consequence for North Carolina was that the Associated Press released an analysis this week estimating that House Bill 2 would cost North Carolina more than $3.7 billion in lost business in the next 12 years.

Having said that now lets take a look at an ethical theory that deals explicitly with consequences. In the theory of consequentialism, Shafer-Landau states that an action is morally required just because it produces the best overall results. A common consequentialist outlook can be seen as doing all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

Moving forward from that information it can be determined that a compromise would be morally required to produce the best overall results, since members from both sides  of the political spectrum were part of the national backlash. In addition, it could be said that ending the discrimination toward the L.G.B.T. community was also a necessary result of the morally right action. In conclusion, due to the consequences from House Bill 2 the situation required an action-the repealing of the bill- that would inevitably produce the best overall results for North Carolina, which was a compromise that could be seen as a victory for the L.G.B.T. community.


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