North Carolina's LGBTQ Discrimination Law Could Be Unconstitutional
The state now blocks municipalities from enacting LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws.By Eugene Daniels | March 24, 2016
North Carolina doesn't have any statewide measures in place to prevent LGBTQ discrimination. And in just a matter of hours Wednesday night, a bill signed by the governor blocked local municipalities from providing those protections as well.
The bill, given the shorthand H2, seems to be a direct response to a Charlotte ordinance permitting transgender people to use facilities associated with their gender identity. Proponents of the bill claim ordinances like the one in Charlotte could allow sexual predators to attack women in bathrooms.
Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement, "The basic expectation of privacy in the most personal of settings, a restroom or locker room, for each gender was violated by government overreach and intrusion by the mayor and city council of Charlotte.”