Good for these groups standing up for equal rights!
Three people and several LGBT advocacy groups filed a federal lawsuit against North Carolina on Monday morning over the state’s passage of a law that ended local LGBT rights ordinances and restricted bathroom use for transgender individuals.
The lawsuit, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, Lambda Legal, and Equality North Carolina, seeks to dismiss the law in question — House Bill 2 — in no uncertain terms:
“By singling out LGBT people for disfavored treatment and explicitly writing discrimination against transgender people into state law, H.B. 2 violates the most basic guarantees of equal treatment and the U.S. Constitution.”
The suit was filed on behalf of two transgender men and one woman, as well as named plaintiffs in the ACLU and Equality NC.
The defendants include North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, as well as state Attorney General Roy Cooper, the University of North Carolina, and several of the university’s senior officials.
At issue, along with the rolling back of LGBT ordinances in towns across the state, is transgender access to bathrooms.
Republican leaders and Christian conservatives in the state have claimed the “public accommodations” portion of an LGBT-friendly ordinance passed in Charlotte posed a safety threat to citizens, because it allowed transgender women to “prey” on women and girls, especially in bathrooms.
The Republican-heavy state legislature convened on March 23 with a special one-day legislative session to pass H.B. 2, explicitly meant to override the ordinance in Charlotte.
In addition to the public accommodations and public restrooms override, the state bill also ended LGBT protections in housing discrimination.
Now, the plaintiffs in this new federal lawsuit are hoping to turn H.B. 2 on its head by claiming it as unconstitutional.
We can only hope they succeed — no one deserves to experience such blatant, state-sanctioned discrimination.
Shame on North Carolina!
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