Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

  • Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

The state of California announced Wednesday that it would keep its state-funded travel ban to North Carolina.

The Justice Department on Friday dropped its lawsuit accusing North Carolina of discrimination against transgender people following the state's repeal of its controversial "bathroom bill".

Transgender activists vowed to continue their lawsuit against the state.

HB2 quite famously required people to use bathrooms in public buildings according to the gender identified on their birth certificates.

"The newly proposed HB 2899 is even worse than SB 6 because it invalidates all existing local non-discrimination ordinances that protect LGBTQ Texans and gives anti-LGBTQ state lawmakers full control over future LGBTQ local non-discrimination laws".

The replacement law also prohibits local governments from enacting new nondiscrimination ordinances for workplaces, hotels and restaurants until 2020.

"We are seeking a court order declaring House Bill 2's restroom restriction impermissibly discriminatory, as well as a statewide bar on its enforcement", she said in her announcement. "Sadly, this was not unexpected, now that anti-transgender forces are in charge of the Departments of Justice and Education", Davidson said in a joint-statement with the American Civil Liberties Union, who are also representing the plaintiffs inCarcaño v. McCrory (now Carcaño v. Cooper) "Once again, the Trump administration continues to abandon transgender Americans".

A constitutional law professor at the University of North Carolina argued: "It could pass, but it doesn't matter because it is plainly unconstitutional".

The "Uphold Historical Marriage Act", otherwise known as House Bill 780, declares that the high court "overstepped its constitutional bounds" when it decided to make same-sex marriage legal. In late March, a Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued a decision holding that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation constitutes sex discrimination. The NBA relocated its All-Star game, while a long list of big businesses, like Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Dow Chemical, demanded a repeal.

Some business leaders applauded the compromise, while others said it didn't go far enough.

The NCAA and the ACC pulled events from North Carolina in response to House Bill 2, CNN noted. Weeks before the deal to undo House Bill 2, the federal government told a judge it was backing away from a request for an injunction.

The lawsuit was filed in May 2016 by deputies working for President Barack Obama, who was ideologically opposed to any civic or legal recognition that men and women are biologically different as well as legally equal. The Virginia case is pending before the 4th Circuit.