Cooper signs bill to increase North Carolina's reserve fund
- Author: Santos West Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 0:50
He says North Carolina's repeal of its so-called "bathroom bill" is still allowing discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people.
For most private employers in North Carolina, then, the state's nondiscrimination laws remain as they were prior to HB2.
This law also speaks to a larger issue, which is that the federal government has issued no protections for these citizens.
Representatives of North Carolina's Republican Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore didn't immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
"Pittman and Speciale are embarrassments to the State of North Carolina and should be shunned from public life", he said.
HB2 is known foremost for requiring transgender people to use restrooms, locker rooms and showers at schools and government buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates, rather than the gender with which they identify.
But as Texas lawmakers watched the huge economic backlash unfold over North Carolina's bathroom bill, support cooled considerably. The decision to quit the pro-transgender lawsuit was denounced by pro- transgender rights groups.
Today's notice of dismissal was signed by T.E. Wheeler, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, as well as North Carolina U.S. Attorney Sandra Hairston.
Obama administration Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed the lawsuit against the original bathroom law in May 2016.
"The Trump Administration may want to use the fake repeal of H.B". Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was critical of the guidelines, has said federal authorities should defer to local lawmakers on the issue.
The new law received a vote of confidence from the NCAA and ACC, which had moved events out of the state.
The University of North Carolina won the NCAA national basketball championship earlier this month, defeating Gonzaga University in the finals in Glendale, Arizona.
Fortunately, North Carolina appears to have learned from its past attempts to undermine Obergefell v. Hodges, as well as other rulings.
"It is clear that the days of a robust Civil Rights Division at the DOJ are behind us", Strangio said.
The Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual-bisexual-transgender lobby organization, tweeted that the new bill "is a bad deal that does not actually #RepealHB2".
"Sadly, this was not unexpected, now that anti-transgender forces are in charge of the Departments of Justice and Education", Davidson said. "Once again, the Trump Administration continues to abandon transgender Americans".
Because the new law remains so harmful, the ACLU and Lambda Legal have announced that they will amend their lawsuit to challenge its legality.