ACLU files another action against NC over bathroom access

The North State Journal recently reported on the ACLU's latest lawsuit against HB2 (the bathroom bill) and included the NC Values Coalition statement on the case.

"The ACLU and the transgender people they represent won’t stop until they force little girls to shower with grown men, share bathrooms and indulge their fantasy,” said Fitzgerald in a statement. “We’ve already seen what this leads to in other states and in Target, where bathroom policies like this facilitate peeping and require women and girls to ‘just get over it’ when it comes to men in their bathrooms and showers. This is insanity.” - Tami Fitzgerald

Read more from the North State Journal:

Although the controversial House Bill 2 has been repealed, another lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal last week claims that N.C. lawmakers are still discriminating against transgender people despite replacing a measure that restricted access to bathrooms in state-run buildings to those with the corresponding biological sex, rather than their gender identity. The groups spearheaded last year’s legal action over the measure that drew national attention.

The groups’ new federal court action expands the original challenge to H.B. 2, Carcaño v. McCrory filed last year, and is now known as Carcaño v. Cooper. It also adds two more LGBT North Carolinians as plaintiffs who say they were harmed by the laws. The expanded lawsuit seeks damages for what they say was harm inflicted by both H.B. 2 and its replacement, House Bill 142.

The amended suit filed on Friday attempts to thrust the state back into the center of a national debate over government regulations, equality, privacy and religious freedom after H.B. 142, passed in March, helped bring back some business and sporting events pulled from the state in protest of H.B. 2, the so-called bathroom bill. It repealed H.B. 2 and directed that local governments could not institute their own anti-discrimination policies regarding private employment or public access to multiple occupancy facilities unless it is approved by the General Assembly. It also bans cities in the state from passing their own anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people until 2020.

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