Score for Trans People! Federal Judge says North Carolina Cannot Ban Transgender People From Using Restrooms Matching Their Gender Identity
ACLU attorney Chris Brook addresses a lawsuit ACLU and Lambda Legal
filed against House Bill 142, the repealed version of House Bill 2 in 2017.
A federal judge has just ruled the State of North Carolina cannot ban transgender people from using restroom that match their gender identity. The ruling comes in the form of an accepted consent decree proposed by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper and LGBTQ organizations.
The settlement signed Tuesday, July 23 by federal District Judge Thomas Schroeder doesn’t keep legislators from restricting bathroom access through future laws. But it puts new requirements on government agencies and universities that are defendants in the lawsuit. It says: ”The Executive Branch Defendants, in their official capacities, and all successors, officers, and employees are hereby permanently enjoined from applying Section 2 of H.B. 142 to bar, prohibit, block, deter, or impede any transgender individuals from using public facilities under any Executive Branch Defendant’s control or supervision, in accordance with the transgender individual’s gender identity.”
It targets HB142 and its predecessor, the sweeping and malicious HB2, which was designed to strip transgender people, LGBTQ people, minorities, workers, and even those over 40 and the elderly of their civil rights.
The Charlotte Observer reports the ruling applies only to facilities operated by the State of North Carolina, and does not resolve other discriminatory issues.
North Carolina still has no laws protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination.
“LGBTQ North Carolinians still lack comprehensive, statewide nondiscrimination protections while on the job, patronizing a business open to the public, or simply going about their daily lives,” according to Irena Como, acting legal director for the ACLU of North Carolina, which represented plaintiffs in the case.