Federal judge set to hear arguments on HB2
Attention around North Carolina continues to intensify with numerous laws being challenged in both state and federal courts, most notably the upcoming hearing at a federal court concerning the notorious and discriminatory House Bill 2 that our state leaders and Governor continue to defend.
North Carolina has been an epicenter of the national debate over transgender rights since Charlotte adopted its ordinance barring discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and the state responded by adopting HB2 to overturn the city’s ordinance.
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder will hold a hearing in federal court in Winston-Salem on a request from the first challengers of HB2 to block the law until they can make their case at trial.
The U.S. Justice Department has made a similar request in a lawsuit that in many ways mirrors the arguments brought by the first challengers – three transgender residents, a lesbian law professor at N.C. Central University and a lesbian couple in Charlotte.
The General Assembly adopted HB2 in an emergency session on March 23 that cost $42,000 to bring lawmakers and their staffs back to Raleigh. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law hours later.
HB2, which has resulted in entertainment boycotts, businesses canceling expansion plans, late-night TV host jokes and the NBA moving its 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte, prohibits local governments from adopting anti-discrimination ordinances tougher than state law, which does not extend protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity.