NC ‘Transgenders’ Could Use Bathroom of Choice If Settlement Signed

The North Carolina Legislature voted last March to repeal HB 2, which limited bathroom usage in the state based on one’s biological sex in order to address economic boycotts against the state. In its place, the Legislature passed HB 142, which gave the General Assembly the power to regulate access to “multiple-occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities” in the state. But the ACLU, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal brought a lawsuit claiming that HB 142 didn’t protect the bathroom usage for “transgenders” in public facilities.

They, along with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, have developed a consent decree settlement this week that, if approved by the court, will allow “transgenders” to use the public restrooms matching their gender identity. The General Assembly, which is a party to the lawsuit, did not agree to the settlement and may file an objection.

Gov. Cooper also signed an executive order on Wednesday that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity of state government employees.

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