North Carolina makes mistake

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Rebecca Galib

North Carolina Govenor Pat McCrery signed a controversial bill that restricts transgender bathroom use to the sex on their birth certificate. The law also prevents cities across the state from passing anti-discrimination ordinances in public places based on sexual orientation and identity.

Restaurants, hotels, stores, public schools, government agencies and public college campuses will be affected. The bill was passed by a Republican majority on Wednesday, March 23, with some Senate Democrats leaving and not voting out of protest.

The law was passed as a response to a Charlotte ordinance approved in February which allowed transgender individuals to use the bathroom associated with their gender identity. The ordinance also added protections to LGBTQ+ members in public places.

Conservatives who supported the law referenced their belief that women and girls were vulnerable to attacks by sexual predators if bathrooms allowed “biological men [to] be in women’s showers, locker rooms and bathrooms,” according to a statement made by Grand Old Party Representative Dean Arp of Monroe, North Carolina.

Enormous backlash has surfaced since, with several lawsuits already filed by civil liberty groups and LGBTQ+ individuals which referenced the “singling out [of] LGBT people for disfavored treatment and explicitly writing discrimination against transgender people into state law,” according to CBS News.

Many who opposed the law were appalled at how it categorized transgendered people as predators.

The manner of the rushed one-day session to pass the legislation, which cost the GOP leaders $42,000, was also heavily criticized. Charlotte’s ordinance would have taken effect April 1.

The 17 states that have already banned anti-transgender discrimination have had no significant problems with their restrooms.

North Carolina’s Attorney General Roy Cooper has also announced that he will not defend the law in court calling it a “national embarrassment” and citing the potential economic damage, reported to CNN.

The Human Rights Campaign and Equality of North Carolina cited how this violates the federal Title IX law in schools, which may cost an estimated “$4.5 billion of federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education.”
North Carolina is the first state to pass this type of law.

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