Who’s Suing North Carolina for 'Unconstitutional' Law Allowing Discrimination Against LGBT?

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Who’s Suing North Carolina for 'Unconstitutional' Law Allowing Discrimination Against LGBT?

The court filing aims to overturn House Bill 2, which the White House has condemned as “mean-spirited.”

Published March 29, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina is the latest group to condemn the state’s new law allowing discrimination against the LGBT community.

We area asking the court to overturn House Bill 2 because it is unconstitutional, because it violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the fourteenth amendment, because it discriminates on the basis of sex and sexual orientation, and because it is an invasion of privacy for transgender men and transgender women,” said Chris Brooks, legal director for the North Carolina ACLU.

The law states that single-sex bathrooms and changing facilities are to be used by individuals that have that sex on their birth certificates in order to prevent a “breach of basic privacy and etiquette.

Since the law was passed on March 23, it's been condemned by corporations like Google, the NBA, and PayPal, as well as the Obama administration.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the law “mean-spirited,” and stated the government’s concern over “the potential harmful impact of this law, especially on transgender youth.”

Joining the ACLU of North Carolina in the lawsuit against Gov. McCrory, the state’s attorney general, the University of North Carolina and its board of governors is the advocacy group Equality North Carolina as well as two transgender and one lesbian plaintiff.

“Like the two transgender plaintiffs in the case, transgender people around the state of North Carolina immediately suffered harm under H.B. 2 in that they are not able to access public restrooms and other single-sex facilities that accord with their gender identity,” the lawsuit states.

“Transgender people are already disproportionately targeted for physical violence and harassment in North Carolina and across the country,” the lawsuit also states. “When a transgender person is forced to disclose their transgender status to strangers, such disclosure puts them at a high risk of violence.” 

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Written by Zayda Rivera


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