Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina said Caitlin Jenner would have to use men's restrooms at public facilities in North Carolina.
“In the private sector in North Carolina, she can go wherever the private sector wants her to, because we don’t want to be in the private business of the private sector,” McCrory said, reported ABC News. “If she’s going to a shower facility at [University of North Carolina]-Chapel Hill after running around the track, she’s going to use the men’s shower.”
McCrory's remarks came during a gubernatorial debate with Democratic challenger Roy Cooper, who criticized the governor for signing North Carolina's bill that made it illegal for people to use a public restroom that doesn't correspond with their birth sex.
House Bill 2 was heavily criticized around the nation, but had heavy support among North Carolina legislators, including 11 Democrats, reported Indy Week.
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And Cooper avoided answering a question about his thoughts on the bill by dismissing it as unimportant compared to economic matters.
“We need a good jobs governor, not an HB2 governor,” Cooper said.
North Carolina's law sparked outrage around the country and inspired corporations to stop plans to move jobs there, musicians to cancel concerts and even the NCAA moved its championship round out of the state, reported the Advocate.
In August, a federal judge ruled the University of North Carolina can't enforce the state's transgender restriction because, as a public school that receives federal funding, federal law prevents the school from discriminating based on gender, reported The Washington Post.
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That move prompted the state to sue the Department of Justice.
Caitlin Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has not commented on McCrory's statement.