North Carolina’s Attorney General says his office will not defend the constitutionality of a bill on transgender use of bathrooms. House Bill 2 blocks transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender they identify with. Instead, the law requires government agencies and public school bathrooms be used based only on biological sex. The bill was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat McCrory. It also overrides the ability of cities and towns to require more protection against discrimination in the private sector. State Attorney General Roy Cooper is challenging McCrory to be the state’s next governor, and he says the law is discriminatory.
In a press release he said the NC Department of Justice and the Treasurer’s Office have policies against the discrimination that would be permitted in the bill for private businesses. He says McCrory should have followed the example of another Southern governor, Georgia’s Nathan Deal, who vetoed a similar bill that allegedly protected businesses’ religious liberty to discriminate.