ACLU and other groups present legal challenge to House Bill 2

From staff reports

Four left-leaning groups announced litigation Monday designed to challenge North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which struck down a Charlotte anti-discrimination ordinance and made other changes in the relationship between the state, counties and municipalities.

Two transgender people, a law school professor and civil liberties groups filed the lawsuit Monday morning. They want the new law to be declared unconstitutional. They also want to prevent its enforcement.

According to a Sunday night press release, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal, and Equality NC will announce the filing of a federal lawsuit Monday challenging House Bill 2. Passed Wednesday in a one-day session, the bill prohibits cities and counties from adopting their own anti-discrimination ordinances and established a state law against discrimination that did not include transgender as a protected class.

“More than 200 cities, including Myrtle Beach and Columbia, South Carolina, have adopted nondiscrimination ordinances similar to Charlotte’s without negative consequences,” the announced litigants said in their statement.

Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the bill shortly after it was adopted, sent out mass emails during the weekend to explain and defend it.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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