Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

The Trump administration has dropped a lawsuit accusing North Carolina of discriminating against LGBT residents in response to the state's decision to undo its "bathroom bill.".

He says North Carolina's repeal of its so-called "bathroom bill" is still allowing discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people.

It also states that the federal government, according to the U.S. Constitution, does not have the "authority or power to establish laws concerning marriage".

Senate Bill 6 stalled after several key House leaders, including Speaker Joe Straus, signaled that they had no intention of supporting it. In fact, Washington State has indicated its ban is now lifted now that North Carolina has modified HB2. It bans local LGBTQ non-discrimination protections statewide through 2020, and it substitutes the previous anti-transgender bathroom provisions with a new provision that forbids state agencies, public universities, primary and secondary schools, and cities from adopting policies ensuring transgender people have access to restrooms consistent with their gender identity.

But evidently, North Carolina lawmakers remain upset by various sports leagues ditching the state.

Through emails and petitions, tens of thousands of you have told the NCAA and its president Mark Emmert: Stay out of North Carolina. The new law, signed by current governor Roy Cooper, retains the ban on local non-discrimination ordinances and puts control over bathroom access in the hands of state legislators.

Today's notice of dismissal was signed by T.E. Wheeler, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, as well as North Carolina U.S. Attorney Sandra Hairston.

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The lawsuit was filed in May 2016 by deputies working for President Barack Obama, who was ideologically opposed to any civic or legal recognition that men and women are biologically different as well as legally equal.

No one is forcing the NCAA to bring post-season basketball back to North Carolina.

But supporters and opponents of HB2 have found unlikely common ground in the new measure, which they agree was not a full repeal of the controversial original legislation. While the repeal makes North Carolina look like it's taking a strong stance against discrimination, it really does nothing to prevent it. However, on the federal level, issues of protection for members of the LGBT community are working their way through the court system.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal today in a joint statement condemned the actions of the DOJ.

"This is yet another example of the Trump administration abandoning and targeting the LGBT community and particularly the trans community".

Speaking to the Associated Press, Lambda Legal lawyer Tara Borelli added, "This move does not affect the merits of the case". "This sham 'deal, ' passed without a single LGBTQ person at the table, actually doubles down on discrimination against millions of North Carolinians". "We will continue this fight as long as it takes to truly strike down this disastrous law for good". Her organization is challenging the law in The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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