LGBT-rights groups file federal lawsuit over new North Carolina law

Mar 29, 2016

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By Associated Press

Gay and transgender rights supporters wasted little time in challenging a new North Carolina law, filing a federal lawsuit Monday that called it discriminatory and said it singles out LGBT people for “disfavored treatment.”

The law, which has also drawn strong opposition from major corporations including Apple and Google, was signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory last week. The GOP-controlled legislature passed the law in response to a broad Charlotte ordinance that allowed transgender people to use the restroom aligned with their gender identity. The new state law also prevents all cities and counties from extending protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity at restaurants, hotels and stores.

“By singling out LGBT people for disfavored treatment and explicitly writing discrimination against transgender people into state law, [the new law] violates the most basic guarantees of equal treatment and the U.S. Constitution,” the lawsuit said.

With the law, North Carolina became the first state to require public school and university students to use only those bathrooms that match their gender on their birth certificates, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.

Advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights say state legislators demonized them with bogus claims about bathroom risks. Supporters say the new law protects all people from having to share bathrooms with people who make them feel unsafe.

Two transgender people, a lesbian law professor and several civil liberties groups sued.

Lawsuit defendants include McCrory and the University of North Carolina system, where one plaintiff works and another attends college. The system’s 17 campuses also must comply with the law.

Source: Los Angeles Times

5 comments on “LGBT-rights groups file federal lawsuit over new North Carolina law

  • It is a monumental sign of the prevalent delusional bigotry in parts of the USA, that legal challenges are needed because of state laws are passed by legislators who are so blinded, bigoted, and incompetent, in carrying out their duties to implement the US constitution!

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  • But you’re missing the point Alan; their duty to the Most High God surpasses their duty to the United States. In fact, as the US is the country which is elect of God, they’re actually serving the US by ignoring its Constitution. Reason your way out of that one!

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  • This is what happens when inbred, religious fanatics get the chance to make laws in “the land of the free and the home of the brave” and because it’s done under the banner of “religious freedom” it somehow isn’t persecution and discrimination? Well…. If you take that thinking logically, then they are saying that sexual orientation is simply a mater of choice not the biological fact that it is. But by the same twisted thinking, fanatical religious freaks of one religion, who happened to have converted from another religion, should be forced to attend church or temple in the religion of their birth… Oh hang on… I’m not discriminating against your religious freedom am I? The stupidity and ignorance of this is… Dare I say “beyond belief”…

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