The AP reports that the Justice Department is dropping its lawsuit against North Carolina's anti-trans "bathroom bill" in light of the state's new replacement bill, HB 142.
He says North Carolina's repeal of its so-called "bathroom bill" is still allowing discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people.
This law also speaks to a larger issue, which is that the federal government has issued no protections for these citizens.
Senate Bill 6 stalled after several key House leaders, including Speaker Joe Straus, signaled that they had no intention of supporting it.
I asked Chris Brook, the legal director of the North Carolina ACLU, what he made of Friday's development. HB2 quite famously required people to use bathrooms in public buildings according to the gender identified on their birth certificates.
The North Carolina mayors in their letter, released Friday, said that even though they do not have the same authority as the state General Assembly, their cities "remain safe, welcoming places for all people". North Carolina was already among the states where California banned travel as result of HB2 in addition to Mississippi, Tennessee and Kansas. When North Carolina passed its version of the bathroom bill previous year, many Texas lawmakers - most notably Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick - practically salivated over the prospect of passing similar legislation in the Lone Star State.
The Justice Department swiftly filed a dueling suit, with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch declaring: "This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms".
The lawsuit was filed past year by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
"The Trump Administration may want to use the fake repeal of H.B".
North Carolina legislators filed a bill this week that would require North Carolina and NC State to withdraw from the ACC should the conference decide to boycott the state again. Their agreement was meant to alleviate economic boycott to the state as a result of HB2 in time for a deadline set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to repeal the law, or lose championship games for years to come.
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.
It seems that Texas is following in North Carolina's footsteps.
'We need more LGBT protections, not fewer, ' he said. The Human Rights Campaign said the new measure "institutes a statewide prohibition on equality" and called it a betrayal of the LGBT community. "Sadly, this was not unexpected, now that anti-transgender forces are in charge of the departments of Justice and Education".
Speaking to the Associated Press, Lambda Legal lawyer Tara Borelli added, "This move does not affect the merits of the case".
Both parties pulled out of the legal battle because HB2 was repealed on April 2 and replaced with HB142, a similar but slightly less discriminatory bill. "It is unfortunate that HB142 continues to put LGBTQ people in harm's way when a simple full repeal of HB2 would have resolved the issue".
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