Letter asks big city mayors to end travel bans

Letter asks big city mayors to end travel bans

On Friday morning, the Justice Department and attorneys for North Carolina filed a joint notice of dismissal at the U.S. District Court in North Carolina, stating in the document they were withdrawing both cases "in light of the passage" of House Bill 142, the bill that replaced the controversial House Bill 2 (better known as HB2).

Politico reports that North Carolina's bathroom bill has been described by critics and lawsuits as an overly broad law that mandates discrimination against the LGBT community.

A California law went into effect in January barring state-funded travel or other spending in states with laws that discriminate against LGBT people.

'We need more LGBT protections, not fewer, ' he said.

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Despite pressure from business, the establishment and the sports industry, North Carolina's voters and legislators decided that the state officials will decide who is treated as a legal male or a legal female in the state. Other states that have similarly reaffirmed their bans are California and Minnesota.

"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. The law also prohibited local municipalities from extending nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people.

"We're taking this seriously and we're not going to sit back idly and let them do whatever they want to North Carolina", state Rep. Mark Brody, R, said.

Esseks said his group planned to amend their lawsuit soon to challenge the new bill. While the replacement law scraps HB2 entirely, doing away with the birth certificate requirement, it adds other restrictions: local municipalities can not regulate the use of multi-occupancy bathrooms, showers, or changing facilities unless they are "in accordance with an act of the General Assembly" (the same entity that voted for HB2), and bars local governments from creating any anti-discrimination protections until 2020. The organizations will continue to defend the right of transgender people to use restrooms and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity, as federal law requires. "The new law continues to make North Carolina the only state in the nation to reserve for itself the exclusive ability to regulate bathroom access and one of only three states to ban cities from passing crucial non-discrimination protections". In fact, Washington State has indicated its ban is now lifted now that North Carolina has modified HB2.

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