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Mon Mar 28, 2016, 03:39 PM

N. Carolina residents, civil liberties groups challenge new state law

Two transgender people and a lesbian law professor at North Carolina Central University filed a lawsuit in federal court early Monday challenging North Carolina's new law that bans local governments from passing local anti-discrimination ordinances and dictates that transgender residents use the public restrooms of their biological sex.

Representatives from the ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal, Equality NC and the plaintiffs announced the legal challenge on Monday.

The organizations say HB2 permits discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the state.

"We're challenging this extreme and discriminatory measure in order to ensure that everyone who lives in and visits North Carolina is protected under the law," said Chris Brook, Legal Director of the ACLU of North Carolina. "This cruel, insulting, and unconstitutional law is an attack on fairness in employment, education, and local governance that encourages discrimination against thousands of LGBT people who call North Carolina home, and particularly targets transgender men and women. HB 2 aims to override local school board policies, local public accommodations laws, and more."

MORE HERE: http://yonside.com/transgender-nc-residents-civil-liberties-groups-challenge-state-law/

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