North Carolina lawmakers adjourn after leaving transgender law largely unchanged
- Author: Sidney Guerrero Jul 07, 2016,
Jul 07, 2016, 2:01
The Justice Department is suing the state, while McCrory and legislative leaders filed separate lawsuits to defend the law.
They added: "H.B. 2 is causing irreparable stigmatic, psychological, economic, social, and physical harm to transgender people".
In the 100 days since Governor McCrory and state lawmakers rammed HB2 into law, the overwhelming outcry from fair-minded North Carolinians, business leaders, and LGBTQ equality advocates has continued to grow.
"By buddying up with Governor Pat McCrory on the deeply discriminatory HB2, Donald Trump is unabashedly embracing a unsafe law that takes away the civil rights of LGBTQ people and has cost North Carolina not only its reputation but millions of dollars in economic losses", Winterhof continued. "And in a prior campaign speech in North Carolina, Trump heaped the praise on Gov. McCrory, who signed the awful law, saying, ".he's doing a fantastic job".
Donald Trump now says he supports North Carolina's anti-LGBTI bathroom bill. "All state employees are required to use the bathroom and changing facilities assigned to persons of their same biological sex, regardless of gender identity, or transgender status". The law also excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from anti-discrimination protections and blocks municipalities from adopting their own anti-discrimination and living wage rules.
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Brown signed Assembly Bills 1135, 1511 and 1695, as well as Senate Bills 880, 1235 and 1446. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who is running for governor after Brown's final term ends in 2018.
Both the House and Senate adjourned late Friday after passing a tweak to the controversial LGBT law they approved in March that would ensure workers can sue in state court for discriminatory termination.
The harassment complaints cited by the Justice Department include that of a 20-year-old student at UNC Greensboro who said he used men's restrooms without a problem until the state law passed.
The request comes less than a week after the North Carolina General Assembly failed to pass a bill that would have made a number of changes to HB2.
"Shaken and scared, he then attempted to use a female public restroom in another location", the psychologist said in a legal filing.
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