It’s show time at the OK Corral. It’s fairly certain, say the litigants, that we will win in District court where the lawsuit was filed Monday And it’s also certain if that happens it will be brought to the supreme court and if they accept it, we lose all certainty.
If we lose this in a supreme court ruling we lose our freedom not just in North Carolina but everywhere. So this battle is for the whole enchilada.
Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Equality North Carolina filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law, HB 2. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and the University of North Carolina, is on behalf of two transgender North Carolinians, Joaquín Carcaño, a UNC-Chapel Hill employee, and Payton McGarry, a UNC-Greensboro student, and Angela Gilmore, a lesbian and North Carolina Central University law professor.
“HB 2 is hurtful and demeaning. I just want to go to work and live my life. This law puts me in the terrible position of either going into the women’s room where I clearly don’t belong or breaking the law,” said plaintiff Joaquín Carcaño. “But this is about more than bathrooms, this is about my job, my community, and my ability to get safely through my day and be productive like everyone else in North Carolina.”
About a dozen corporations, from American Airlines to IBM, have expressed negative reactions to the legislation. Dozens of the roughly 20,000 retail and interior-design companies also have now said they won’t travel to next month’s High Point furniture market of manufacturers and wholesalers, the market’s governing body said Monday.
Speaking after a groundbreaking ceremony for a pharmaceutical plant in Raleigh’s suburbs, McCrory told reporters he has “not had one corporation tell me that they’re threatening to leave.” He didn’t address a question whether any companies have expressed support for the law.
“There’s a very well-coordinated campaign, national campaign, which is distorting the truth, which is frankly smearing our state in an inaccurate way, and which I’m working to correct,” McCrory said.
North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger, both Republicans, said they’re confident a court will find the General Assembly acted properly while reining in local government powers.
The lawsuit takes “attempts to argue with a straight face that there is a previously undiscovered ‘right’ in the U.S. Constitution for men to use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms,” their news release said.
“The rhetoric on display last week by some members of our legislature showed just how transparent their anti-LGBT motives were. Not only did they keep the bill language secret until the morning it was introduced but it only took 12 hours to pass and sign into law a bill with terrible consequences for thousands of North Carolinians. North Carolina may also now face a loss of federal education funding, revenue from businesses that relocate or choose not to set-up shop here, and potential income-generating sporting and entertainment events,” said Chris Sgro, Executive Director of Equality NC, the statewide LGBT advocacy group. “Now is the time to be on the right side of history, because together we will show the politicians that North Carolina refuses to be a leader in bigotry.”
Additional source The New Civil Rights Movement: Gov. McCrory: LGBT Groups Are Waging ‘Coordinated National Effort’ to ‘Slander’ North Carolina