December 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
O’Malley urges North Carolina to move forward with HB2 repeal

Martin O'Malley, gay news, Washington Blade

Martin O’Malley called on North Carolina to repeal House Bill 2. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

In a possible signal he’s eyeing a second chance at running for president in 2020, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Wednesday urged the North Carolina legislature to move forward with “full repeal” of the anti-LGBT House Bill 2.

O’Malley waded in on the issue via Twitter as lawmakers were considering a proposal to repeal HB2, but leave in place a moratorium barring municipalities in North Carolina from enacting pro-LGBT non-discrimination ordinances.

Approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in March after a single day of consideration, House Bill 2 bars cities from enacting non-discrimination, reversing one recently enacted in Charlotte, and prohibits transgender people from using the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

O’Malley ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, but dropped out after the Iowa caucuses after a campaign that focused on the state and not winning a single delegate there. O’Malley emphasized LGBT rights in his campaign, drawing specific attention to the continued issue of LGBT bullying.

Whether O’Malley intends to pursue a second presidential run and challenge Donald Trump after his first term in office remains to be seen. Other potential Democratic candidates are Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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