Justice Department drops North Carolina bathroom lawsuit

Katrina Soto
April 15, 2017

Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department filed a motion today to dismiss a lawsuit over House Bill 2 "in light of the passage of North Carolina Session Law 2017-4, House Bill 142".

"And though North Carolina formally replaced HB2, the continued allowance of discrimination is inherent in the spirit [of] HB142", Inslee continues.

The letter tells mayors in nine big US cities that North Carolina municipalities are hurting from the travel bans but lack power to increase LGBT protections.

Still, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra - who is in charge of deciding which states fall under the travel ban - agreed with the LGBT+ community that the law fell below the mark and kept North Carolina on its no-travel list.

"We must continue to stand up for the rights of all people", Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said Thursday.

A federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBT employees from workplace discrimination. The NCAA later announced the new law was "minimally" acceptable to again consider championships in the state.

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The filing represents the first significant movement in a tangle of legal action challenging the state's nondiscrimination laws since a deal last month to replace the law, known as House Bill 2, the report said. But some Democrats and LGBT rights groups have assailed the compromise as a repeal in name only, noting that it is not a full repeal and blocks governments from enacting similar ordinances until 2020.

California also bans taxpayer-funded travel to Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

"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.

Mr. Butler is "disappointed" by the bill sponsors, Representatives Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale and Carl Ford, who refused to comment in any public appearance.

House Bill 728 would force the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State to leave their athletic conference if it boycotts the state, the Charlotte Observer reported. The Fourth Circuit, which covers North and SC, has not examined this question recently, which seems headed for debate and final resolution at the United States Supreme Court.

Lastly, Section 3 of the new HB 142 law bans local governments throughout North Carolina from passing or amending ordinances that regulate "private employment practices or ... public accommodations".

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