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Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

USA drops 'bathroom' suit to ax NC law

USA drops 'bathroom' suit to ax NC law

bill" target="_blank">The NCAA Board of Governors says they have reached a decision about hosting future championships in North Carolina after Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill into law that repeals House Bill 2 last week. The state ended a standoff with the North Collegiate Athletics Association when it replaced its current bathroom ordinances with a bill that would simply ban local entities from passing non-discriminatory ordinances.

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Instead, McCrory sued the federal government, arguing that the state law is a "common-sense privacy policy" and that Justice's position is "baseless and blatant overreach".

Lawmakers have signaled support for the bill, which skirts the bathroom issue entirely, and - if North Carolina is any indication - seems to pass muster for some businesses anxious about discriminatory policies.

But as Texas lawmakers watched the huge economic backlash unfold over North Carolina's bathroom bill, support cooled considerably.

LGBT advocates have vowed to continue a separate federal lawsuit, saying the replacement law still violates the rights of gay and transgender people. They deny that the bill aims to specifically discriminate against same-gender couples, instead claiming that until North Carolina addresses its constitutional amendment - which bans same-gender marriage - the Supreme Court ruling of 2015 doesn't apply to the state.

"This action is about a great deal more than bathrooms", Lynch said at the time, drawing on images of racially segregated bathrooms before the civil rights era.

He accused the administration of "using the fake repeal of HB 2 as cover".

The passage of the law caused an immediate backlash and cost North Carolina hundreds of millions of dollars - including the loss of the NCAA basketball tournament.

But supporters and opponents of HB2 have found unlikely common ground in the new measure, which they agree was not a full repeal of the controversial original legislation.

It seems that Texas is following in North Carolina's footsteps. By regulating schools, it would also have severe consequences for LGBT students, who could not be protected from bullying.

The national ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina and pro-LGBT law firm Lambda Legal joined together to issue a statement of condemnation following the decision. "Sadly, this was not unexpected, now that anti-transgender forces are in charge of the departments of Justice and Education".

"This unfortunate (though unsurprising) step is just the most recent evidence that the Trump administration is bent upon undoing legal progress realized by the LGBT community in recent years", he told me. The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal plan to continue with their federal suit on behalf of transgender North Carolina residents, officials with the groups said in a joint press release. "Instead, it doubles-down on discrimination".

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