Sixteen North Carolina mayors, including Charlotte's Jennifer Roberts, have asked mayors of cities across the country to reconsider their bans of travel to North Carolina.
In a sign the new law in North Carolina that replaced House Bill 2 may be exported to other states, the Texas legislature is set on Wednesday to consider anti-LGBT legislation that bears a striking resemblance to the North Carolina deal. The new law restores the pre-HB2 statute of limitations for wrongful discharge claims that arise under state law, N.C. Gen. Stat. §143-422.2, which declares it against North Carolina public policy to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, biological sex, or handicap.
The new law, which is commonly referred to as House Bill 142, does a few notable things.
Despite criticism from LGBT advocates, the recent repeal of North Carolina's controversial "bathroom law" was enough for the NCAA to lift its boycott to return the championship events to the state. The NCAA also refused to schedule games in North Carolina as a result of the bills passing.
The lawsuit followed the Obama administration's position that federal sex discrimination laws cover gender identity.
Straus' office declined to comment on House Bill 2899, which does not include language found in House Bill 142, however, which prevents state agencies from "regulation of access" of bathrooms and locker rooms without the North Carolina General Assembly's approval. The North Carolina state government was closed because of the Good Friday holiday.
Lawmakers have signaled support for the bill, which skirts the bathroom issue entirely, and - if North Carolina is any indication - seems to pass muster for some businesses anxious about discriminatory policies.
"This move does not affect the merits of the case", said Tara Borelli, a lawyer for Lambda Legal. "It doesn't allow municipalities to protect people from discrimination till 2020".
"2 as an excuse to further turn their backs on the transgender community, but the rest of us aren't going to give up that easily", James Esseks, director of the ACLU's LGBT Project, said in a statement. "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 chose to make same-sex marriage legal. Her organization is challenging the law in The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
He said he was the victim of "a politically motivated effort by radical homosexual and transgender groups to remove me as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court because of outspoken opposition to their immoral agenda".