RALEIGH – Today, after draft legislation with proposed changes to the sweeping anti-LGBT measure, North Carolina House Bill 2, was released, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal—who are challenging House Bill 2 in federal court on behalf of six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina—released the following statement:
“These proposed changes are no fix. After rushing to enact H.B. 2 in a span of hours, this is the second attempt—the first was the governor’s executive order—to clean up the extreme and discriminatory mess of H.B. 2. The only real solution is the full repeal of the law.
“Even with these changes, H.B. 2 still encourages discrimination against thousands of LGBT people who call North Carolina home, and it particularly targets transgender people.
“As we speak, Governor McCrory, legislative leadership and UNC are continuing to defend a law that specifically targets transgender people who want to be able to use public facilities safely and securely like everyone else.
“We are fighting in court for the entire LGBT community in North Carolina because sanctioned discrimination is unacceptable. LGBT North Carolinians and millions around the country are anxious to see an end to these dangerous displays of intolerance.
“We must repeal H.B. 2 and replace it with full non-discrimination protections for all LGBT people.”
The lawsuit, Carcaño v. McCrory, was filed days after the law was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat McCrory.