Trump Administration Withdraws From North Carolina HB 2 Lawsuit
Apr 15 2017
The move follows the Trump administration's decision to revoke Department of Education guidance that states students have a right to use the public school bathrooms matching their gender identity.
Justice, under the Trump administration, submitted a dismissal agreement Friday in the Middle District of N.C., where competing lawsuits were filed May 9.
North Carolina's compromise got rid of the most well-known provision of House Bill 2 that required transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings.
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"We remain focused on stopping discriminatory legislation and keeping Texas open for business and inviting for all", Chris Wallace, president of the Texas Association of Business, said, adding that the group was still looking at Simmons' bill.
"HB 2 was unconstitutional as of the moment it was enacted".
Becerra has authority to determine whether a state should be subject to a travel ban under Assembly Bill 1887, a law signed a year ago by Gov. 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. This means public schools, courthouses, and state and local government agencies can not have a policy that allows transgender people to use the right restroom.
Texas Rep. Ron Simmons (R) drafted the new anti-LGBT bill HB 2899.
Although the NCAA ended its boycott against the state once a repeal bill was passed, numerous states and cities that banned nonessential official travel to North Carolina a year ago have decided the new bill doesn't adequately protect LGBTQ people.
The new amendment would stipulate: "Marriages, whether created by common law, contracted, or performed outside of North Carolina, between individuals of the same gender are not valid in North Carolina".
Becerra said, "North Carolina's new law does not cure the infirmity of this type of discrimination". The bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Brian Birdwell, maintains that the legislation is necessary to ensure the state doesn't discriminate against people of faith.