The state of North Carolina has recently passed a law that halts all actions that work to protect the rights of people in the LGBT community. Local governments throughout the state can no longer activate rules in favor of anti-discrimination that grant protections to gay and transgender people. As a result, the North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory, is now facing a major lawsuit.

 

 

North Carolina’s major city of Charlotte passed a law last month that prohibited businesses to discriminate gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Lawmakers of the state then took action and called for a “special session,” and spent $42,000 a day to secure the right for businesses to have the ability to discriminate against LGBT people.

 

However, according to the Huffington Post, the bill does continue to ban discrimination based on “race, color, country of origin, religion, age, or biological sex.” There is purposefully no protections for the LGBT community. McCrory signed this legislation into law. The law specifically prohibits transgender individuals from using public bathrooms that they identify their sexual orientation with, which was the law’s main purpose.

 

The bill passed 83-25 in the House of Representatives, and 32-0 in the state Senate, with the absence of senate Democrats. Democratic Senate leader Dan Blue, stated:

“This bill essentially repeals 50 years of non-discrimination efforts and gives lawmakers in Raleigh unprecedented control over our city and local governments. North Carolina Republicans want to pass what would potentially be the single most discriminatory act in the country. This is a direct affront to equality, civil rights, and local autonomy.”

 

If a lawmaker in a specific municipality wants to enforce anti-discrimination in any way, they are essentially powerless in doing so. The state government has given a complete free-pass to discriminate. This is a huge step-back in the movement for civil rights.

 

What do you think of this new law in North Carolina? Should lawmakers be able to openly discriminate like this? Leave a comment below or tweet me @julimiller97