Published: Вс, Апреля 16, 2017
Health | By Constance Griffith

LGBTQ in North Carolina "Ambushed" By Legislators

LGBTQ in North Carolina

When North Carolina passed its version of the bathroom bill past year, many Texas lawmakers - most notably Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick - practically salivated over the prospect of passing similar legislation in the Lone Star State.

The Obama-era Justice Department, led by Loretta Lynch, sued North Carolina and then-governor Pat McCrory last May after the state passed a law barring transgender people from using restrooms and other private facilities that matched their gender identity rather than the sex on their birth certificate. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said the new bill, HB142, "doubled-down on discrimination".

The bill also says the high court went beyond its authority relative to God's written decree, citing a verse from the Book of Genesis, which says that "a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24).

Despite criticism from LGBT advocates, the recent repeal of North Carolina's controversial "bathroom law" was enough for the NCAA to lift its boycott to return the championship events to the state. The ACLU and Lambda Legal said in March that the state's new measure is a "fake repeal", because it continues to give control over bathroom policies to the states, and prohibits local governments from enacting their own ordinances that would favor transgender people until 2020. If the bill is passed, the validity of same-sex marriages would not be recognized in North Carolina. "Discrimination is unacceptable and we intend to protect LGBT rights".

- The Trump administration is dropping a lawsuit against North Carolina after the state moved to undo House Bill 2.

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Businesses and sports leagues had boycotted North Carolina because they saw the year-old law as discriminatory.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Lambda Legal lawyer Tara Borelli added, "This move does not affect the merits of the case".

The plaintiffs have said not only do they plan to continue seeking damages from the harms of HB2, they plan to amend their lawsuit to encompass HB142. "We will continue this fight as long as it takes to truly strike down this disastrous law for good". "We don't think the courts will have any trouble seeing that, regardless of who's sitting at counsel's table".

"The lawsuit was reinforced by Obama's directions to the nation's K-12 schools, which told administrators to accept and support any child's claim they are transgender, to hide children's sexual claims from their parents, and to punish other children who decline to use pronouns favored by a "transgender" child - such as "him" or her" - even in science class.

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