Monday, March 28, 2016

ACLU vows to sue N.C. over 'horribly discriminatory' LGBT bathroom law

The American Civil Liberties Union, along with two gay rights groups, was set to announce Monday a lawsuit against North Carolina for its just-passed bill requiring those who claim transgender status to use the public bathrooms that correspond with their birth genders.

The measure, signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory last week, came in response to Charlotte's passage of a rule that allowed transgenders to use the restrooms of choice – the ones that corresponded to their adopted genders.

Lambda Legal and Equality North Carolina joined with the ACLU to announce a suit was pending, the Hill reported.

"We are disappointed that Governor McCrory did not do right by North Carolina's families, communities and businesses by vetoing this horribly discriminatory bill, but this will not be the last word," said Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina in a statement. "The ACLU, Lambda Legal and Equality NC are reviewing all options, including litigation."

And Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, said similarly in a separate statement reported by the Hill.

"HB 2 is an undisguised attack on LGBT people and the efforts of one city to protect gay and transgender North Carolinians against discrimination," he said.

North Carolina's law caused a stir among some in the business world, as well as in San Francisco. There, the mayor banned city employees from traveling to North Carolina on the taxpayer dime, Fox News said.,

And corporations like Apple, PayPal and American Airlines sent out statements of condemnation against the new law.

"Our future as Americans should be focused on inclusion and prosperity and not discrimination and division," Apple's statement read, the Hill reported.

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