Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

Protests Over LGBT Rights in North Carolina

Sixteen mayors from across North Carolina - including Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines - have sent a letter to mayors in Seattle, New York City and Chicago urging them to consider putting North Carolina back on their travel lists.

According to a California Department of Justice F.A.Q. page on AB 1887, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are included with North Carolina as banned destinations under law due to passage of "anti-LGBT" legislation.

Justice attorneys cited in the one-page notice that House Bill 142, which effectively repealed HB2, was the reason behind the dismissal.

"We must continue to stand up for the rights of all people", Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said Thursday. The bill reversed municipal ordinances that expanded anti-discrimination protections to transgender people, drawing opposition from both the LGBT community and corporations, which threatened to pull business from the state.

The state lawmaker, famously known for being an advocate of the LGBTQ community, is "disgusted" by the Republican initiative to repeal a Federal decision known as the "Oberg fell v. Hodges decision of the United States Supreme Court of 2015" rendering it void on the state level.

Though the new bill eliminates the bathroom requirement that turned HB 2 into a national firestorm past year, it prevents local governments from passing new nondiscrimination laws until 2020 and has done little to ease the concerns of LGBT groups and civil rights organizations. "North Carolina's new law does not cure the infirmity of this type of discrimination".

"Pittman and Speciale are embarrassments to the State of North Carolina and should be shunned from public life", he said.

Last year, the NJCAA moved a baseball championship after North Carolina adopted a "bathroom bill" limiting LGBT rights.

Jon W. Davidson, legal director at Lambda Legal, said in a statement that the Trump administration and Sessions were using the "fake repeal of HB2 as cover" to withdraw the government's support for transgender people. It also prevents cities from passing any protections against discrimination in private or places of public accommodation - for LGBT people or anyone - until 2020. "We will continue to fight for full, lived equality for LGBT North Carolinians".

The "Uphold Historical Marriage Act", otherwise known as House Bill 780, declares that the high court "overstepped its constitutional bounds" when it decided to make same-sex marriage legal.

Earlier this week, the appeals court asked Lambda Legal and the ACLU for more information about how HB142 will affect their case. "We don't think the courts will have any trouble seeing that, regardless of who's sitting at counsel's table".

The move comes after the Trump administration backed away from the Obama administration's efforts to protect transgender students, rescinding guidance that said Title IX requires public schools, colleges, and universities must respect students' gender identity in decisions like pronoun usage and facilities access.